Copycat: Kate Spade Studded Harper Skirt

May 8, 2014 | 32 Comments

As soon as I saw this fabulous Kate Spade Harper skirt with studs…

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Kate Spade Skirt

…I knew it was something that I needed to DIY! It’s the perfect bit of rocker edge to add to my wardrobe and I had thrifted just the right skirt to use for it.

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Before

Here’s a rundown of the supplies you’ll need for the skirt

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Supplies!

1. Black Skirt – (I thrifted/shortened mine, but Kohl’s and Target have some fab options.)
2. Gold Metal Studs (These are sew on by Darice and can be scored at Joann’s or Michaels.)
3. Black Thread & Needle

To match the length of the Kate Spade skirt, I cut my piece short…

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Trim!

…and pinned the bottom of it to prep for a new hem.

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Pin!

Because the skirt is a stretchy cotton, I stitched a hem using a zig zag stitch to allow for movement.

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Zig zag stitch that edge!

With the skirt short, I placed down the pyramid studs in a similar pattern to the original piece and pinned them down to the skirt so they wouldn’t move. The studs were in a staggered position, so it was super easy to match. 

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Tons of studs. Tons and tons of studs.

I stitched the studs to the skirt with my needle and thread…

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Pin down that stud!

…and had a rocking studded skirt ready to wear!

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Kate Spade Copycat DIY

Pretty close, eh?

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Kate Spade’s $328 version // my version

I’m in love with this piece and while I paired it with a vintage blouse this go…

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Whole lotta studs going on!

…I think I’m going to pair it with a t-shirt for the next wear.

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Stud party

And the best part?? It’s beyond comfortable. That makes me the happiest!

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  • Mary Garrett

    Curious . . . are the studs only on the front? They’d be a bit uncomfortable to sit upon . . .

    • newdressaday

      Yes, they’re just in the front. This skirt might be a bit more uncomfortable if they were in the back :) I like the way it looks like this, too!

  • Karen Bingham

    love it x

    • newdressaday

      Thanks, K! xx

  • jessica

    WOWZA! Looks just as good as the original and for a fraction of the price! Great job as usual.

    • newdressaday

      I love this style and it’s really just too easy not to make. Plus the price difference is pretty awesome!

  • JunoB

    AWESOME!

    • newdressaday

      I’ll take it!

  • Sarah_H.

    Great knock-off!! I like that you used sew on studs. I was visualizing the ones with prongs and worried that they would not be comfortable.

    • newdressaday

      You know, the pronged ones might not be too uncomfortable. I’ve used them before on sweatshirts and they’re totally ok and they take much less time! I love the ability to secure them down as much as I need with sewing! xx

  • Sue

    Terrific job. Looks just like the expensive one. :)

    • newdressaday

      Just like it!! Thanks, Sue! xo

  • lovescolor

    I have so many black skirts, this has inspired me to “stud” one of them. Thanks for the clear instructions.

    • newdressaday

      Stud it up, girl!

  • ms helper

    What is a “harper skirt”?

    • newdressaday

      It’s just the style name of the Kate Spade skirt ;)

  • Julie

    I think this is one of your best copycats yet. Great job!

    • newdressaday

      Aww I totally appreciate that, Julie! Yay!

  • Tolly Bockbrader

    Fantastic knock-off!

    • newdressaday

      Woo!!

  • Diana

    This is cool! Going to show it to my daughter. Perhaps there’s one in her future.

    • newdressaday

      Oh, absolutely!! It’s a great one to have in the collection!

  • Elisha

    Awesome! I think it will look even more awesome with a vintage rock band t-shirt!

    • newdressaday

      YES! Perfect combo, Elisha!

  • http://highlifeonthecheap.wordpress.com/ Jennifer

    Holy smokes, that looks just like the original! I don’t think that anyone would be able to tell the difference. I’m definitely going to make one for myself.

    • newdressaday

      Make one, Jennifer!! It was super easy :)

  • Hanna

    Thanks for the tip with the stitch for stretchy material, I always had trouble with those…

  • Bece

    Love it!!! I think it came out better than the pricey original!!

    • newdressaday

      Thanks Bece!!

    • newdressaday

      YAY! Thanks you Bece!

  • Chantelle Ney-Shaffer

    Perfect!

    • newdressaday

      Yes!!! xo