A woman has revealed how she created her dream designer dupe dress from a £5 pair of curtains from a charity shop.
Sophia Brown, 41, known as Velvet Jones online, spent hours cutting and assembling the fabric, inspired by Teuta Matoshi dresses which can sell for thousands.
The London-based burlesque artist and costume designer, known as Velvet Jones online, has released a video revealing how she made her fabulous dress.
His video has since gone viral with over 250,000 views and thousands of users wanting their own version.
Sophia Brown, 41 (pictured) from London, says she wants to show that anyone can pick up couture and they don’t have to spend a lot of money
Burlesque performer Sophie shows off the flowery curtains she found at a charity shop before turning them into a dress
Sophia wanted to show people that they don’t have to spend a lot of money to make amazing clothes and posted a clip showing how she transformed the curtains of a charity shop into a stunning strapless dress with tied straps .
She spent hours cutting and assembling the fabric after being inspired by Teuta Matoshi dresses which can sell for thousands.
Sophia told Jam Press that she was invited to her partner’s friend’s wedding and had “nothing to wear.”
The London-based costume designer, known as Velvet Jones online, has been sewing for 26 years but only started her own business in 2019.
Sophia loves Kosovo Albanian designer Teuta Matoshi’s dresses like this floral number, but they can cost upwards of £1,000
She says she “wanted a fabulous dress” and has always “admired princess dresses”.
Revealing that Teuta Matoshi’s dresses are her favorite but she could never afford the price tag.
Sophia has been sewing for 26 years, she first picked up a needle at 16, but only made it her profession a few years ago.
She said: “I have always loved fashion design since I was a child. The fashion wheel is my favorite toy.
“I spent hours designing outfits. I loved watching the Oscars and designing the dresses.
Sophia has a degree in fashion design and trained with wedding dress designers during her university studies.
However, she never pursued a career in fashion design and instead got a job in marketing, admitting “I didn’t believe in myself”.
Sophia studied fashion design at university but didn’t have the confidence to pursue her career.
Yet, on the side, she was making things for herself and her co-workers were still marveling and complementing her outfits.
She says she remembers when she received her first order from a co-worker, who wanted a dress for a party, she came home ‘crying’ because she was ‘flattered’ that someone believe in her and “trusted” her to make a dress out of her.
Then in 2019, Sophia quit her job and pursued her dream of becoming a freelancer making suits and dresses.
In 2017, before starting her own business, Sophia spotted the curtains she ended up using for the viral dress at a charity shop in Margate, Kent.
She is also a burlesque artist and costume designer. Pictured is one of Sophia’s designs
She said: “I fell in love with the print and saved the fabric for ‘something special’. You will find with other designers that we have bags of fabrics that we have collected over the years for “something special” and they are never used.”
It took her two weeks to complete the dress, working on other costume design projects and her other work as a burlesque artist.
After the piece was completed, she shared it online where thousands of people commented on how amazing it was.
One said, “Woooooow, that looks amazing, how clever.”
Another wrote: “The talent is unreal!!”
A third said: ‘OMG!!! Soufflé!! What talent, this dress is absolutely amazing!! I want it.’
A fourth added: ‘It’s a serious skill. the pattern even matches the back perfectly.
Sophie at work creating the dress. It took him two weeks to complete and cost just £5 for the hardware
Sophia Brown shows off her process of making her curtain dress. Although she has a lot of experience, she says she wants to show that anyone can learn the skill and doesn’t have to spend a lot of money.
A fifth said: ‘Wow!! It’s absolutely amazing and you look beautiful in it.
Sophia reveals she was “overwhelmed” and is still getting comments and likes.
She says everyone has been so positive and a few people have ordered a dress through her video.
Although she has a lot of experience, she says she wants to show that anyone can learn the skill and doesn’t have to spend a lot of money.
Sophia added: “Sewing is such a useful skill to have. It’s really underrated.
“My big advice is to go for it.”
She says it’s not a rave and practice makes perfect, explaining that she’s constantly learning and watching YouTube videos.
“There are so many techniques to learn. The possibilities are limitless.’
You can visit Velvet Jones at velvetjonesburlesque.com