Coastal Bliss Dress (Jean Paul Gaultier Knock-off)

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Coastal Bliss Dress: a nautical inspired Jean Paul Gaultier knock off

Woo-hoo, I love, love, LOVE this dress, and I'm so excited to finally be sharing it! 
The white version by Jean Paul Gaultier was one of the first pins that I added to my nautical inspiration pin board, and even though it looks kind of plain, it's by far my favorite outfit from the whole collection. I love the princess seams, the pleats, the ribbon detail, and especially the fun floral lining hiding inside. And of course it never hurts when I save some major cash by making something myself!

The Coastal Bliss Dress: a Jean Paul Gaultier knock off by Sugar Tart Crafts

But what do you think? Did I do it justice?

I confess, I felt kinda snooty when I realized that I had pinned a designer dress. I mean it's hardly that different from something you would find at Target or the Gap, but I'm always so simple and thrifty that thinking about making a knock-off of a "big name" designer felt a little silly at first. I couldn't find a direct link to the dress since it is probably a few years old, but the Gaultier version is most likely made from a heavy satin with silk ribbon. I'm just guessing, but since it's being touted as a special occasion dress that makes the most sense. 

Coastal Bliss Dress - Nautical inspired girls dress knockoff

Reli doesn't have any flower girl plans in her near future so I decided to make my version from a more practical fabric for everyday wear instead. I chose to go with a nice Kona cotton solid (in Jungle) with white grosgrain ribbon stripes. The lining is actually a lucky $2 Walmart find that happened to match perfectly, so I added that in just for fun. Isn't it so sweet peeking out there? It makes me smile every time I see it. Secret details are definitely going to be added to more of my future projects!

 Coastal Bliss : a little girls homemade designer knock off dress

Doesn't she look so preppy? I just wish we'd had a yacht for the photo-shoot,
or maybe I should have named it the Country Club dress instead!

fashion sewing : a nautical dress knockoff

I really want to hear what you guys think about this one. Is it strange to be so excited over such a simple outfit?
I adore it so much I'm even considering grading my pattern so I can share it with all of you!
Would anyone be interested? Let me know!

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55 comments :

  1. This dress is right up my alley, so I would love to see a graded pattern! I love the lines, and I love simplicity..so this dress is perfect! great job!

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    1. Yay Marnae! I'm so happy to hear that I'm not the only one who likes clean simple lines! I feel like most people think girls clothes can't be cute unless they're covered in a zillion ruffles. :D

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    2. Wow, beautiful dress.

      http://www.elegantweddinginvites.com

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    3. I agree! I love cleaner lines for my girls. This is perfection!

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  2. I love your dress!! It might be simple but it oh so pretty! I would love to see a pattern on this dress. I can also see it in some floral fabric too. Yum! Great job on this project!

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    1. Oh gosh Christine, Yum is right! Now you've got me digging through my stash making one in every color!

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  3. What a wonderful job you have done on this knock-off! It fits your cutie perfectly. Love the extra secret details, too!

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    1. Thanks Karen! She's sure got it rough having a personal designer doesn't she? one she never even has to pay! ;D

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  4. I love it. I love the lining, and I like the green a whole lot better than the original white one! White and children never work well. :)

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    1. So true Lynette! It was originally planned in red, but I'm so glad I changed my mind. I never realized before, but I definitely don't use green often enough!

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  5. this dress is lovely, and the colour is great. I wouldn't have thought of doing green but I love it and would really like to make myself a dress like this. :)

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    1. Thanks Jolanda! I originally planned to make it in red, but that probably would have been too harsh. I don't use green very often, but I'm so happy I did this time!

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  6. That's sooo cute! I'm always impressed with people that can sew up such an awesome knock-off. I day-dream about having skills like that some day.

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    1. Thanks Megan! Years and years of practice, plus the nightmare that was design school, and you too can "knock-off" with skill. ;D Ha!

      Actually I'm always impressed with people who can take awesome pictures, so since you've got that part down (and you can sew) we will now be wonderful friends!

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  7. I love this dress! I think simple is best. This is a knock off done right. Is this a pattern you drafted yourself?

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    1. Thanks Darla, That's so sweet! Yes, I did draft the pattern myself, and from the looks of it I'll also be making one to share!

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    2. Awesome!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I would love to have a pattern for this! It turned out great!

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    1. Thanks Megan! It looks like I better get started with my grading!

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  9. What a lovely dress! You did great knock-off, Toni!

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  10. I like your version better and would love if you would share your pattern with us as I do charity sewing for "Dress A Girl Around The World"

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    1. Thanks Kathryn! It'll take me a good while to get the pattern graded and tested, but the response have been so positive I'll definitely be sharing it!

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  11. Gorgeous dress! Love the color you chose! If you get a chance, please link up to my link party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/07/sunday-linky-18.html

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    1. Thanks Rita! I'm a bit late, but I squeezed in just under the wire!

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  12. I would love a pattern of this dress. My daughter definitely needs one!

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    1. I'm adding it to the to-do list, and I'll be sure to send out a call when I'm looking for testers!

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  13. What an adorable dress! You are so talented!! I wish I could sew! :)

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    1. Thank you Allison! I might be able to sew, but you've definitely beat me in the decor department!

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  14. This is so so darling!! My daughter and I would love to have this dress!! Great job mama! Come link it up at my party!

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    1. Thanks Jamie I'll be sure to stop by!

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  15. Such a beautiful dress, I love it!

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  16. Just perfect! I love the color and it looks adorable on your little girl. And i LOVE the lining. I'm a new follower on bloglovin.

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    1. Thanks Alexis! So glad to have you following!

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  17. This dress is adorable, I love it, and the color is perfect! Found you via sundae scoop, and am a new follower :)

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  18. Oh what a gorheous dress! I would be excited about it, too :)

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  19. This has to go on my project list. Adorable and she models it very well!

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  20. too too cute! i love the kelly green:)

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  21. This dress is so adorable! Your daughter models it so well too! :) I'd love to make this dress for my girls! I'm just learning how to sew, but now I want two of them for an upcoming wedding! :) (heading over to be a new follower!)
    Gina @ Gina's Craft Corner
    http://ginascraftcorner.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Gina! It's great to have you along! Hopefully you'll find plenty of tricks around here to help you with your sewing.

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  22. This is such a cute dress! Nice job, and way to go saving yourself hundreds of dollars. :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm not the only one who gets giddy from saving so much money right? :D

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  23. It's adorable! I love everything about it! It fits her really well, and she looks like she likes it! Great job!

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    1. I was surprised, but she actually does really like this one. Somehow it's been dubbed the "Tinkerbell dress" though!

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  24. So cute!!! Would LOVE it if you'd share the pattern. Would love to make this exact dress for my little girl. Love the green !!!

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    1. Awesome Rebekah! I'll be sure to let you know when it's ready to go!

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  25. SO cute!! She definitely looks like she could be going to a country club luncheon. Seriously love it!
    Heidi @ handmadefrenzy.blogspot.com

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    1. And all this time I never knew I had such "preppy" style tendencies!:D
      Thanks for visiting Heidi!

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  26. I love the lining! That is my favorite part!!! Great job!

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    1. Thanks Lindsay, I'm really happy with how it turned out! Can't believe I haven't thought to do it before now.

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  27. Hi Toni. Great dress. Love the princess seams. Had a quick look around your website, but can't tell for sure if there is a way to find the pattern for this beauty. Is it possible to buy it from somewhere?

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    1. Hi Martina, I so glad you like the dress! Unfortunately the grading for this pattern kinda got pushed aside in the chaos of buying a new house and moving. I really wanted to have it ready in time for Easter, but it looks like we'll have to settle for summer sun-dresses instead. If you'd like to send me a message with your e-mail address, I'll be happy to let you know as soon as the call goes out for testers. Thanks for visiting!

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  28. Love this dress, please let me know when the pattern is released.

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  29. LOVE this knock off! Please do let us know when you draft a pattern as it would be placed first on my list to sew! And the little Secrets are ever so fun!

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