Ballard Design Knock-Off: Newspaper Dress from Sewing Patterns

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I had this big old frame 28x34 and a Ballard Design Catalog in front of me.  I was ready to do my first knock-off.  I just love this cute dress, but not the price tag.

I painted the back of this very old frame.  It was originally a mirror that had broke.  I got this from my in-laws historic hotel in downtown KC called the Savoy.  If that only that old mirror could have talked...  All the faces and stories it had seen.  Back to my project.  I painted the backing "creamy" by sherwin williams.

I thought it would only be fitting to use some old patterns for the dresss.  On the skirt I used the actual pattern and the envelopes.

I cut all my pieces and glued down with waters down gem-tac.  I cut a big #3 for the belt buckle to add a little something different to my version.

Here they are side by side...What do you think?


              Ballard Designs $299                              VS.      Sisters of the Wild West - PRICELESS

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  1. This seriously turned out really nice! You really did a beautiful job! I will now look at patterns in a whole new light!

  2. That is so great! You did an amazing job!! Love the paper you used too!

  3. I just saw this in the catalog this morning and was thinking of how I could do a knock-off. You beat me to it in such a clever way! The sewing pattern was genius.

  4. I love this! It's just as good as -- wait, no, better than -- the inspiration piece! Way to go!

  5. Yours turned out fab! Genius for using old patterns...Love the look. I made one with fabric. Come check it out.

  6. It was brilliant to use a sewing pattern...why didn't Ballard think of that? Awesome job!

  7. I actually like YOUR version much better!

  8. Looks so good. You've done an excellent job, and I think the paper you chose is a perfect match.

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