Coastal Bliss Dress (Jean Paul Gaultier Knock-off)

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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56 thoughts on “Coastal Bliss Dress (Jean Paul Gaultier Knock-off)

  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!

    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. πŸ˜€

  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!

    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!

    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!

  3. 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.

    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!

    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!

  4. 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?

    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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