Red Carpet Copycat: Gemma Arterton in Stella McCartney
Here’s the look I’m emulating this week:
This is Gemma Arterton wearing a Stella McCartney ‘Jodie’ jumpsuit and Stella McCartney shoes at the British fashion awards 2012.
This jumpsuit is from the Evening 2012 collection and retails for £2,095.
Obviously £2,095 is a little above budget, but not to worry. I do have this rather ‘special’ gents double breasted suit jacket which I picked up in the Sue Ryder shop in Upminster for £4 (on sale!).
First, let’s take a closer look at the jacket. It’s 40″ chest and has seen better days.
It’s a polyester and wool mix, so there are some natural fibres. All the buttons are there, thankfully.
To get the look of a halter top, I cut off the sleeves, then removed the whole of the back, cutting slightly below the collar.
Here’s how the front looked. I played around with some pins trying to get it to hang right. To move the neckline a bit further up, I decided to change the roll line of the lapels by adding another buttonhole so the second button could be done up.
This was easy enough to add, but it changed the fall of the front and I had to steam the lapels a bit to get them to stay in the right place.
For the back, I pinned the sides around my dress form to see what kind of shape should be added.
I measured carefully the distance between the two sides in order to make a new back piece, not forgetting to take seam allowances into account.
Once I’d measured, I drew out the shape on paper and pinned it to the dressform, to check the measurements were roughly OK.
I then cut that shape out of the back, placing the hem edge where the original hem would have been (as that had stiffening in it that I wanted to keep along that line). I left the lining attached too.
Here’s how it looks sewn together. It’s taking shape!
I tried the whole thing on myself to see what the fit was like. It needed bust darts, but that was easy enough. I just pinned a couple of triangles out of each side in roughly the same place, being sure to avoid the pocket.
On the inside, rather than sew a dart in the stiffening (because that would be really thick), I removed a triangle around the dart to help it lie flat.
I also cut the stiffening back about 5mm from the edge, to make a small seam allowance for the facing.
After trying it on again, it needed to be more fitted. It was looking a bit too straight-up-and-down and I wanted to give the impression of a hip curve like in the original. So, I added two darts of about an inch at the waist.
For the facings, I cut some bias strips out of what was left of the back.
I ended up with a neat enough edge!
But, the inside still looked like this: (gasp)
Putting it all back together, I pinned what was left of the lining in roughly the right place, then turned it the right way out to check it wasn’t pulling anywhere. It took a few iterations of this to get it right.
I whipstitched the whole of the lining in place by hand. In doing so it became obvious that the lining was in really bad shape, but it was a bit late to replace it. I may do so in future.
Here’s how I finished the back collar edge. (The jacket is inside out in the pic below). I folded the cut edge inside the collar stand, above the line of the collar so it wouldn’t be seen, and whipstitched it closed.
Here’s how it looks on the hanger. I am pretty happy with it, considering the state of the original jacket.
I paired it with black trousers to get the look of the original jumpsuit, plus pointed toe platforms. In case you’re wondering, it’s just about long enough to wear as a dress, but only if I don’t want to sit down, so I won’t wear it that way. I am seeing rather a lot of tuxedo-inspired looks on the red carpet at the moment, so this may not be the last men’s jacket remake you see from me!
Unfortunately there is a slight dearth of red carpet worthy events around here at the moment, so you’ll have to make do with a mock up and a bit of imagination!
Waouh, I’m always amazed ! You’re so talented !
Thanks Jeanne, and thanks for reading! :)
You are freakin amazing!!
Bloody hell, this is ridiculously impressive! you’ve done an amazing job! It looks so stylish.
Well thank you very much! Glad you liked it. :)
Wow, you are so, so clever! I am in awe of your talent! Maybe in future posts you might give us an idea of how many hours you put into each project?
Hi keshling, that would be telling! Let’s just say that this was not a quick project. Thanks for the supportive comment!
Thanks Nick! x
The outfit looks fabulous and you look better than Gemma!
Why thank you :)
Wow, what a complicated yet effective make! You’ve got such a good eye for potential and for design…I’m as impressed as ever (and slightly nervous about appearing alongside you in the Rafashioners challenge)!!!
Hi Marie, yeah it was rather an ambitious project but I’m pretty happy with the result. I do like a challenge! So I’m really looking forward to ‘The Refashioners’ too! Bring it on ;-)
I literally gasped aloud reading this! So impressive – thanks for sharing!
Ha, thanks Danielle, glad you are enjoying reading! :)
Guauuu! I haven’t words!, amazing!
Thank you :)
Whooooooaaaa! This looks amazing! Must have been a real big project, but you look wonderful in it! It’s cute, it’s cool and super-elegant in that crisp-but-comfy way. (If such a thing exists, haha…:D)
Yeah it was relatively time consuming. I’m happy with it though! Really happy that you liked it. Thinking of doing more mens jacket stuff so watch this space!
Wow, amazing! I have just started reading your blog and I am constantly awed by what you are able to do with clothing that you find at such bargain prices. Are you professionally trained, or just an avid sewer?
Sweden is utterly impressed :-)
Tack så mycket för läsning, Helle! :)
Thanks for commenting Kelley, I am not professionally trained just an avid amateur. Stay tuned for some more refashions in the same vein!
Just discovered your blog. Amazing knock-off!
Thank you so much!
Good lord that looks absolutely incredible!!!! The fittedness of the jacket looks amazing on you. Well done!
Thanks Carlee, it had to be very fitted to get the right silhouette…
WOW! Beautiful! You are very inspiring!
Thanks so much, glad you are enjoying reading!
wow this turned out great! i love your vision and how you work around getting the look you want!
Thank you, and thanks for stopping by.
I’m amazed. I don’t even know what else to say, just…amazed.
Haha thanks Lizzi, glad you liked it!
Very impressive. When people even mention the word alteration to me I break out into a cold sweat. To watch someone take something apart and remake into something new and trendy no less just blows my mind. Love your remake.
Thanks for the comment Lashell, I think starting with an old garment is sometimes easier because a lot of the features are already in place. Altering is really not so bad, you should try it!
Stunning work! I’m looking at my husband’s old suit jackets in a totally new light now!
Thanks Janet, yes definitely raid his wardrobe or failing that get yourself down to the charity shops, men’s jackets are in abundance just waiting to be cut up!
Your version is more flattering to your hips than the original. To save money and look better, who could ask for more>
Why thank you Sheila :) I’m pretty happy with this one! Especially since I saved £2,091!
it looks amazing!
As always, totally amazboz (in the words of my 14yo)!
HAHAHA glad you thought it was amazeballs, that word just does not get enough use in my opinion
Amazing. I love that you also take the time to make the inside look beautiful. This transformation is awesome!
Thank you Charity, yes the inside needed some serious TLC and the lining fabric was in pretty bad nick… but I am happy with it!
I never fail to be amazed at how good you are at this – *jaw drops* gorgeous re-make!
Thank you so much! :)
excellent work!!! congratulations,eviv
I love this revamp, just a stunning piece you have created!
Thanks Michelle, glad you liked it.
A stunning result! Not only clever but the neatest stitching ever.
Haha Iva I am only showing you part of the stitching ;-)
as usual an incredible remake, and i love the tunic-length over the original version! not only is it a perfect fit, but the lining? hand stitched? craazy amazing!!
Yeah there wasn’t really any other way to do it except for hand stitching. It took a while but not as bad as you might think. I think my ‘separates’ are more flattering than the jumpsuit would have been. I don’t ‘do’ jumpsuits!!
wow, that looks amazing! I’m sure it took a lot of time but the end result is so figure flattering. I hope you find a great event to wear it to!
Thanks Sarah, I will keep this in my wardrobe until the perfect occasion comes up!
This is amazing. I’m so impressed and must start seeing the potential in refashioning items.
Yes, you must! Refashioning is such a lot of fun. Thanks for commenting!
Gosh, when you started on this project I was reading along and thinking, “Oh dear, this one is going to be a disaster”. If it were possible to eat your thoughts then I would do. You have done an amazing job and the fit is fantastic. A super huge congratulations on this project.
Ye of little faith! Thanks for the comment Kim, glad you liked the jacket!
That turned out fabulous, it looks great! AND I like your shoes better than the models, must more refined.
Thank you so much! (I love those shoes too, they are a firm favourite…)
Great project – AMAZING! You are a huge talent!
Thank you for a nice comment on my blog
You’re welcome Olga. Glad you liked this project. There are many more coming so stay tuned!
Thank you :)
Your sewing skills are really impressive. Love your makeovers!
Thanks very much! :)
Wow I love it, your imagination is fabulous, limitless really when it comes to refashioning!!
Thanks Sarah, yes there are unlimited possibilities… stay tuned to find out what I’m making next!
You have to be my favorite refashioner! (And I follow a lot of them.) You are amazing and so pretty modeling your fantastic creations. Please keep sharing with us! Thank you
Thank you so much MJ! I’m flattered.
That is quite impressive!
I am in awe. Fabulous!
Thanks for commenting Jessie! Glad you liked it.
This is so beautiful. Great detailed work.
Thank you for stopping by!
I have just read through all your entries and what you have been doing is amazing! Great work and so inspirational! I am looking forward to seeing more…you definitely have a new fan now!
Thanks for reading Marianne, I have some great projects coming up so stay tuned!
You look stunning! What a transformation! I will look at men’s jackets in a different light from now on!
Thank you so much! Yes, mens jackets can be a great resource! I am going to head down to the charity shop shortly to get a couple more ;-)
I alway love seeing your celebrity copycat looks. Wow! Great transformation and you look stunning!
Thanks for your support Beth, there are so many copycat looks I want to do that I haven’t got time for them all!
I’ve just found your blog and I love it! The transformation of the jacket to the awesomeness you are working is incredible and I totally want to do this!
Thanks for stopping by Brianna, I do hope you give this project a try. Just get out the scissors and start cutting!
UAU! The PERFECT Copycat!!!! Awesome! :D
I LOVE your Blog!!!! Keep on doing MAGIC!!!!
Kisses from Portugal!
P.S: I’m stanting my own Blog about refashioning and sewing! Inpires on your Boga, Marissa´s (New dress a day) ans Refashionista! So, thank You very much!!!! (Then I’ll let you know the name of the Blog…) One problem: second hand clothes stores in Portugal are few and expensive… :(
Hello Helena and thanks for the kind comment! That’s great that you are starting your own blog. I feel your pain, charity shops here in the UK are much more expensive than in the US. Not sure if you have jumble sales/car boot sales over there, but you could start with items from your own wardrobe or your family’s. Good luck!
I also think yours looks better than the original! I’m very impressed that you take care of the inside as well and finish it so beautifully.
Thanks Eszter :) Well I had to do something with the inside… and it’s really satisfying to try and get a neat finish.
I’ve been so impressed and inspired by all of your creations, and finally got out the sewing machine I was given for christmas last night. I’m refashioning a gorgeous print, but horrendously designed granny dress…. and so far so good! Only annoyed that I forgot to take a ‘before’ photo! Can’t wait to see the next design :-)
Hi Callie, thanks for the comment! That’s great news that you are using your new sewing machine! Be careful though, it’s addictive!! Next step is to start your own blog… or maybe join Refashion Co-op? Good luck with the dress!
I absolutely LOVE it!!!! I might be looking out for men’s jackets just to make this!!!
Thank you Debi :) I hope you do make something like this, I would love to see your take on it!
Wow! What a stunning re-fashion. I do enjoy my little thrift re-fashions, but I would probably never attempt a project like this, respect!
Thanks so much for the comment Anni, this really wasn’t as complicated as I made it look, you should try it!
I love it!
Thank you! :)
Wow!! This is absolutely amazing! Great job – I just started refashioning, and I hope I will be this good in the future!
Thanks so much for the sweet comment, Colette. Really glad you liked this piece. It’s fast becoming a personal favourite, though the opportunities for wearing it are limited!
This is so inspiring! It looks amazing!
Thanks so much!