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{dress for less/diy} Michael Kors Fall 2012

  Monday, October 22, 2012 at 7:30 AM   |    Post a Comment     Tagged:,,,,,,, 
It's about time I did a post on my Michael Kors inspired lace skirt.  When I saw the Michael Kors Fall 2012 collection I fell in love with the lace skirt and cream sweater combo [proof]. I had the sweater and similar shoes already, so all I needed was the skirt.  I waited impatiently for it to go on sale so I could learn more about the shape and materials.

Unfortunately the actual skirt retails for $6,995 (the sweater is $1295) so that was definitely not an option.  Thankfully my mom can sew so I asked if she would help me to recreate it! I found the fabric on etsy (buy here) and we used some old patterns to create our own.  It took a while to figure out how to get the high-low to work. In the end we had to get rid of the scalloped hem, I was a little disappointed, but the skirt still came out great.

We had some leftover fabric so my mom made another skirt, this time shorter and with the scalloped edge.  That version is going to be easier to wear but I am definitely going to get a few more wears out of the longer version, see the first time I wore it here. I'm thinking it's my Thanksgiving outfit!

Here are both complete looks, what do you think?!

Sweater: Inis Crafts (Marshalls) $30 gift, Skirt: Made by Mom $50 for fabric, Sandals: Guess (Marshalls) $40
Michael Kors Sweater: $1295, Michael Kors Skirt: $6995, Michael Kors Shoes: $995 (they were sandals on the runway)

$120 vs. $9285 = savings of $9165  OR 98.7%

Next up I'll show you the Burberry-inspired Owl Tee I'm working on!

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  1. Wow very pretty! love that skirt!

  2. I think it came out great! And think of all the money you saved...

    Courtney ~

  3. This is nearly a perfect recreation! Gorgeous!!!

  4. Umm identical?! I think so! It looks fantastic, and love the percentage on how much you saved! haha

    Xo, Rachel
    Glitzy Blues

  5. Great DIY!
    Love the skirt! Came out great!


  6. I love this- because it's handmade and it looks exactly like the Michael Kors skirt! Why spend 6g's when you can make it yourself?!

  7. Love! Who has $7000 to blow on a skirt anyway? Yours is just as awesome.
    the sweater is spot on too!
    Chic on the Cheap

  8. super cute! you did a great job :)


  9. Awesome, awesome job with this Micheal Kors inspired look. I love that your mom helped you make this skirt. Your skirt looks very similar to the original.

  10. very nice! Your mama did a fantastic job with this skirt and it looks lovely on you.

  11. That's fantastic! It really looks like the inspiration! A perfect dress for less. :) Also, just saw about the internship (yes, I'm terrible). That's really wonderful for you; I'm so delighted you're following your dreams in this way!

  12. This is incredible! As a person who can barely hem, I'm always in awe of creative people that can sew. And this skirt is gorgeous--it's a near dupe and just beautiful. Fantastic job! :)

    With love from San Francisco, California,

  13. What a fabulous DIY! That skirt is beautiful:)

  14. Such a smart and simple DIY - I love it!
    ♡ Lexi @ Glitter, Inc.

  15. Oh my gosh, you all did a great job! Fantastic!

  16. This is amazing! What an insanely awesome DIY, I wish anything I made came out half as good as this!

  17. I can't get over how perfectly you recreated that skirt by Michael Kors! I don't know why anyone would ever invest over $6,000 for the actual thing when they can easily make a skirt as beautiful as the one you whipped together with your mom. :)

  18. well hey $6000 is so reasonable for a skirt. ha! i can't believe MK can even dream of charging people that much -- i wonder who's going to buy it...meanwhile i love how yours turned out! it's a perfect match

    xo Diana

    Dressed Up Alligators

  19. what a great post you put together! I can't wait to see your next one... very inspiring!


  20. Oh my goodness! That is so amazing. An all lace high low skirt is just heavenly. You guys could probably sell these!

  21. Amazing DIY! It is so impressive. I love the skirt.

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  22. oh wow!! look at the result!! well done you!!


  23. Hi there!

    Your mum's work is gorgeous! It looks exactly like Michael Kor's lace skirt!

    Great piece! Can't wait for your next post!

    ~ Tasha

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  25. Wow, I can't believe she made this, it is so beautiful! I love the lace, I love the color and I love how you wore it, so perfect!

  26. No way? This looks awesome lady!

  27. This skirt rocks! You managed to get the entire look spot-on. But I like yours better because the skirt is handmade! Now you just need to have your mom teach you all of her sewing tricks!

  28. Wow! I am blown away but how "spot on" this look is to the original! You did amazing with the lines - well, the whole skirt actually :) Love this!!


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