Copycat DIY: Lauren Moffatt

A few months ago, I fell head over heels for Lauren Moffatt‘s awesome Miss Lonelyheart’s Stripe Top in navy and cream. All her designs are amazing (she is one of my favorite designers), but I could not get this one striped shirt out of my head. I really wanted it. Or better yet, I really wanted to make it. And so I did.

Left: Lauren Moffatt Miss Lonelyhearts Stripe Top Right: DIY

How’d I do it?

I was able to find Japanese 100% cotton fabric at our local fabric store. For the pattern, I started with this easy McCall’s dress pattern and altered the neck, sleeves, and hemline. Before cutting into my two yards of precious Japanese fabric (which I used almost the entire amount of due to the way the stripes ran on the fabric), I made a muslin prototype so I could tweak it wherever I needed to. Once I worked out the kinks, I got down to cutting, sewing, and serging. A couple hours later, I had my shirt!

DIY Shirt Detail

The original top is sold out on Lauren Moffatt’s website, though some retailers may still have them in stock. They also released a similar style in red.

They say imitation is the highest form of flattery – hats off to you Ms. Moffatt!

Photos by Kristin Jones Heitzler

The Character’s Dress featured in Santa Cruz Fashion Week

Santa Cruz Fashion Week is in full effect and killing it with fall looks from Cameron Marks (the store just got a bunch of Lauren Moffatt fall 2012 items in – Go!), Stripe (Santa Cruz’s apple of my eye), Wallflower (stocked with cute, original outfits at great prices), Synergy (comfy knits that transfer from the yoga studio to the street), and Tomboy (adore – they always have new awesome western inspired pieces at affordable prices). The outfits, styled by Missy Schnaps, are all perfect for fall while still being real life “wearable”.

I’m happy to say The Character’s Dress made it as one of the two looks for Stripe! Take a look at the beautiful photos by Nick Chao and check out the full post HERE.

Gorgeous Desiree modeling The Character’s Dress at Stripe in Downtown Santa Cruz.

Photos by Nick Chao

Plus, here’s a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot by the very talented Deva Anderson!

Santa Cruz Fall Fashion Week Day 2 Stripe from The Penny Rose on Vimeo.

Be sure to check out The Penny Rose every day this week for fashion ideas for fall.