My Denim Ruffle Blouse Knock-Off, or a guilty pleasure.

I’ve always been little on the fence about trends and style blogs. In some ways, they confuse me. I tend to think that, yes, of course, with the right photography and attitude, anything can look good, especially if the accessories come for free. And, I’ve also thought, isn’t it more of a challenge to make your clothes than just pick them out?


Unfortunately, I cannot hide all traces of my snobbishness, or ignorance. However, sometimes, something catches my eye, and I become a little embarrassed when I must admit that, actually, not all trends and style blogs confuse me. I like some of them, too.


In high school and college, the trends did nothing for me, except make me feel increasingly bad about my body and out of touch. Low rise pants–no thank you. Lately, though, the 70s and 80s extravagance is having a bit of a revival. Big sleeves, wide leg pants, bows and ruffles everywhere are somethings I can certainly embrace, and maybe I’ve just been waiting for them to come around again.


This denim blouse is mild proof that I have my vulnerabilities. I once could have told you that like style blogs and trends, I don’t like denim. Yet here I am, so proud of my copy-cat denim ruffle blouse that I created after viewing one of Sophia Rosemary’s recent Instagram posts (ads?). I’d cringe in shame if it wasn’t overshadowed by my excitement.


Here’s a look at what were talking about:

After many metro rides wondering how the pattern was made, I was determined to recreate it. So, I pulled out my now tried-and-true Named Helmi Trench Blouse to get started.

It took quite a few steps to archive the final look. Because the center side of the ruffles is sewn in to the button placket,  I started by detaching the button placket. Next, I worked on making pieces for the ruffles, which I made by retracting the shoulder seams, neckline, and the center front of the pattern in accordance with the length of the ruffle. I added volume to these new pieces by using the slashing-and-spreading method. After this, I lengthened the collar stand to create the bow. I also drafted cuffs for this version, and removed the split side shirt detail.

I chose to do something a little different with the fabric choices. At the last minute, I found some floral denim scraps in my stash. I combined this with the denim shirting I used for most of the shirt. I love the way they work together.


After the new pieces were made, I whipped through the sewing process. This is already my third time making a Helmi (sorta), so I was familiar with the steps, but I’d never so explicitly attempted to copy an RTW garment from a photo. Honestly, since I had so much fun putting this project together, I doubt it will be the last time I copy RTW. In fact, I might have even found the excuse to indulge in style blogs–now I can just say: “it’s research”!



4 thoughts on “My Denim Ruffle Blouse Knock-Off, or a guilty pleasure.

  1. I love this project! It’s been so fun to follow the progress on instagram and see you work through your design and come out with this fabulous result! It is so original – you brought your own personal style into your “copycat” make. Well done and thanks for sharing!


  2. I love this look/shirt SO much! and I have exactly the same feelings about style blogs. I recently followed a couple on Instagram and have such confused feelings about doing so – guilt/intrigue/enjoyment?! And you’re right – it’s so much more rewarding to take inspiration and make your own clothes and style them, rather than just style ones you got sent for free. (Again I’m confused… maybe I’m just jealous that no one is sending me clothes for free haha).

    Fabulous Helmi hack xx


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