I have a friend who copies me even to the point of ordering the same food at a restaurant. Every. Single. Time. I find myself purposely not showing her things or telling her where I get things from for fear that moments later she’ll be Googling and adding to basket. I don’t feel flattered, I feel irritated. She’s a chronic copy cat, infringing on my self expression, it’s a form of identity theft but without the consequences.
Sometimes I am flattered when people copy me, at least that’s the case when it comes to sewing. If someone buys a pattern or some fabric after being inspired by what I’ve made, it gives me that warm fuzzy feeling and I take it as a huge compliment. I welcome it and positively encourage it.
But imagine if someone made the same dress in exactly the same fabric in exactly the same size with exactly the same features and…
OK, I have a confession to make. I fell deeply, madly in love with a dress. THIS DRESS. I just could not get it out of my mind. I had to have it. I had to copy it. Well, it is one of my favourite patterns (the Groove Dress) and one of my favourite fabrics (Nosh Organics), made by one of my favourite sewing bloggers (Inês), all combined into one beautifully cool dress of utter awesomeness.
When I told Inês I loved her Groove Dress, I wasn’t being romantic or dramatic…
“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.”
….I really did love it, like a flower loves the rain.
The striped stretch sweatshirting in taffy/black from Nosh Organics is nothing short of amazing. It’s soft, thick and snuggly warm. You can never be disappointed with NOSH, it’s the benchmark for quality knit fabric. Being able to collaborate with NOSH is sewing bloggers dream.
Scout is 5 years old, I usually make size 6 dresses, but this time I decided to cut out the middle man and go straight for a size 7 with the hope that she can still wear her Groove Dress next winter.
As it happens I really love the oversized look that 2 sizes up produces. The low back nearly goes down to her ankles. It makes a real statement. I’ll be doing it again next time, cutting out the middle man is the way forward.
Thank you Inés for being the inspiration for this Groove Dress that me and Scout love so much. Please take my copying as a compliment because you are my sewing hero. And if our daughters ever meet, rest assured that mine will not be wearing her Nosh Organics taffy/black, striped Groove Dress on that day.
If you are reading this blog post and loving the Groove Dress as much as I am, then please, feel free to make one exactly the same, you have my permission. Get the pattern from here, the fabric from here and tentatively ask Inês if she minds here.
Do you have a friend that copies you? Do you take it as a compliment? Or are you guilty of being a shameless copy cat? Come on, let’s hear your story (comment below).