Pushing Lorna’s Designer Knock Off Challenge Idea

At the Sew It Now meeting Tuesday, ASG member Lorna showed us a winning designer knock off contest entry from Pattern Review blog. It was pretty well done, but our conversation also strayed a bit to possibly having a designer knock off challenge in the guild. Lorna had the idea. I’m not sure how enthusiastic she was about it, but I’m posting this on my own enthusiasm for it. I’m not sure how set we are with our next challenge criteria, but this could be good for later or sooner.

At first impulse, a designer knock off challenge seems like a pretty bad idea. Knock offs of any level have a pretty bad rep. And who wants to take creativity out of the process? However, making a designer knock off isn’t exactly easy. For starters, you might not have a pattern to use, depending on your choice. If you did, you’d likely have to modify it. In other words, no straight and easy sewing involved. And who says you can’t add a touch to a designer knock off? Especially if it’s an improvement to the original that makes your knock off look even better!

Maybe we could reframe the challenge to “improving a designer garment” rather than “designer knock-off”, even if it might sound a little pompous. Given the talent we’ve got and what we can do, I wouldn’t think so.

Either way, it would likely be an easy challenge. Anyone is willing to try, of course. There are simple designer garments to knock off or improve upon, and then there are hard ones. And nobody said you have to knock off common designer garments. That’s probably least fun of all. Try knocking off or improving some of the garments on my Pinterest account, for example! They’re nice organized so you can take your pick, especially among the dresses. Many are relatively simple looking, too. You can decide if they’re actually hard or easy to knock off. Many are also labeled so you don’t have to go hunting to see by whom they were designed.

And if you must know, Pinterest offers secret boards only you and/or select people can see. I have a secret board of garments I thought were nice, but that I could improve upon if I were to redesign it. That’s only in the sense of opinion, though. I don’t think I’d be able to make most of the garments the way I envisioned them to be better. Those are my real inspirational garments, not the well done ones I love pretty much the way they are.

I have over 300 pins on that secret board, but I’ll just keep them to myself for now. 🙂


3 thoughts on “Pushing Lorna’s Designer Knock Off Challenge Idea”

  1. I would love to see what others might do, but I am pretty sure this contest would not interest me. Designer fashion is not what I think of when I consider my sewing skills, wardrobe requirements and lifestyle.



  2. Hi there. I found this site because a member I met in a fabric store asked me if I was aware of the group. I mentioned that I had known of it, but that the website (chebucto) was dead and the email group’s contact email came back as dead. She mentioned that there was a new “web person” so I dug a lot further and finally found you. It was tricky, since this site doesn’t rank well in search engines. As a person who works in the field of IT User Experience, I’d like to suggest you delete the old site. You may also want to look at some SEO techniques. Regrettably most people won’t dig as deep as I did, and I’d hate to see you lose potential members because of it. Please contact me if I can be of any assistance with this.



    1. Hi. Thank you for your persistence to find us and offer to help the site gain more prominence. I will contact you directly by email. The site is fourth on Google when you look for the name, which is still on the first page so it’s not too bad considering most people use Google. However, tips are always appreciated. We hope to see you out in person at our monthly meetings every second Tuesday as well.



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