Week 50: Copycat – J Crew

Feb 17, 2011 | 73 Comments

It’s COPYCAT day!!  Week two of copycatdom has arrived.

Today piece is inspired by J Crew’s marino lace shell.

Copycat!!

Copycat!!

It originally retailed for $228 and now it’s on sale for $139.99 – check it here!  My version cost me just $1 using this pink frock that I snagged for that buck…

Week 50: Copycat - J Crew - Before

Week 50: Copycat - Before

…and this tank that came from my abundant collection.

Tank-ueray

Tank-ueray

This one had become rather dingy and was on the ‘gym’ side of my drawer…slight staining under the pits and random spots here and there.  Transformation time has arrived :)

I found this dress and was totally intrigued – it seemed like it could have been a pregnancy dress from the 80s because of the ruched, satin stomach.  It was totally poochy!!  I wanted to use the dress mainly for the fab lace, so I began trimming it off of the skirt.

Cut that lace!!

Cut that lace!!

Once I had my lace material, I took my gym tank and added them both to a boiling hot bath of RIT Dye’s discontinued Black Plum mixed with a bit Pearl Grey from the collection.  I thought the color blending was going to get me close to the shade of J Crew’s top.

T dipping!

T dipping!

I let them marinate overnight…

Yep, that's a plastic fork :)

Yep, that's a plastic fork :)

…washed them with water to get the extra dye out and hung ‘em to dry.  I got a very dyed tank and a lovely, more mild hue on the lace.

Post dye!!

Post dye!!

I originally wanted to use cotton doilies to cover the tank because they looked more like the top layer on the J Crew shirt however I couldn’t find the right amount in the right size to cover the tank after hitting up a local Joann’s.  That’s another route to take as well – snag some old doilies/table runners from your collection and stitch and dye.

So back to the next step…because the way the tank stretches, I put the shirt on and pinned the lace to the edges (neck, arms, sides) where I was going to need to sew.

Pin & drape!

Pin & drape!

I took the tank with attached lace off, trimmed the edges and began to sew them together.

Stitch down time!

Stitch down time!

My new top was complete!!  I wore it with a vintage skirt from my collection and some fun gold necklaces.  Glasses are on again today as I just couldn’t maneuver getting the contacts in this am.  It was rainy, I was sleepy and I pressed snooze way more than I should have and was running totally behind sched.

Week 50: Copycat - After

Week 50: Copycat - After

I loved the way the side of the tank turned out!

Side view!

Side view!

The two toned-ness of the textured front with the solid back was my favorite part of J Crew’s version, so it was fun to recreate.

J Crew Side View

J Crew Side View

I did a little Italian for dinner with MR because I was totally craving comfort food.  The day started off rainy and I just couldn’t kick the sleepytime feeling.  A full belly of freshly made pasta and I was ready to go home and cozy up in my bed.

Finishing dinner!!

Finishing dinner!!

We got a postcard from our server featuring an upcoming performance of the in house Italian band ‘La Dolce Vita’ on it and I couldn’t get ‘Mambo Italiano’ in my head.

My little place setting

My little place setting

It was a lovely little, ‘get out of my house and enjoy a meal cooked by somebody else’ night, which was a treat from the souping kick I was on when I was sick.

Fun outfit and a yummy dinner to boot!

ECU!! (Extreme Close Up!!)

ECU!! (Extreme Close Up!!)

Thanks for the inspiration J Crew!!

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