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Photographs of Jim Suzio's Knock-Off's were taken at the Sewing & Quilting Expo 2009 in Minneapolis




Jim's Knock-off version of Halle Berry's gown


About Jim's Knock Offs


Many hours of study and research went into the duplication of the gowns that you see on this web page. Commercial patterns, computer generated patterns, and custom drafted patterns were used in their creation. Several of the garments feature stock embroidery designs as well as Jim's digitized designs. Some of the embroidery designs can be purchased on this site. See the DESIGNS page.


All garments were constructed by Jim on a standard home sewing and embroidery machine and a standard home serger.

Original dress worn by Halle Berry

(photo courtesy of Gilbert Flores)





View the original dress worn by Anne Hathaway





The name that’s synonymous with today’s classic fashions at its best. This shape enhancing lace dress was worn by “The Devil Wears Prada" star Anne Hathaway at the 79th Academy Awards in February 2007. Black oversized bows are featured at the bodice as well as at the back of the knee. This version was underlined in white satin with lace edging. While our version was rather economical to reproduce, an original could well exceed $7-10,000.00.



                                                           Jim Suzio's Knock-off



Featured in

Martha Stewart Living

January 20, 2007




Black Pearls

Embroidered fabrics, whether done by hand (or in this case, machine) lend an air of richness to any design. This tripled tiered white silk taffeta gown is a copy of an Original Carolina Herrera gown showcased in her fall 2007 runaway. Although not a part of her line, the gown showcases her brilliance in design. Over twenty yards of fabric was used to create our version, and numerous hours of embroidery, featuring the embroidery designed by Jim: “Black Pearls”. The original is believed to be worth between $45-60,000.00. Our version was created for much less.

Order Jim's embroidery design HERE





View the original gown on this website

The Costumer's Guide

to Movie Costumes


(due to not infringe on copyright laws, we are unable to provide a picture here)





Designed for the resplendent Masquerade sequence, in which the Opera Populaire hosts a masked ball to celebrate the New Year and the Phantom’s disappearance from the opera house in the 2004 film “The Phantom of the Opera”. The original pink satin gown, designed by Alexandra Byrne for the young soprano played by actress Emmy Rossum, features pink roses tucked under double bustles. English netting overlays gives a subtle contrast to the simple bodice, while the neckline is covered in ruffles and satin rosebuds. Our miniature version is the ultimate dress up gown for any little girl.



(we were unable to locate a picture

of the original gown)



Ultimate Knockoff

You don’t have to be “Desperate” (or even a “Housewife”) to make this easy to sew knock off of actress Terri Hatcher’s black sheer evening gown. Two sheer layers gently cascade down the satin sheath beneath. Sparkled stretch knit shirred and attached to the bodice remains faithful to the original design.

Who would have thought that Simplicity Pattern 4174 could look this good!




View the original dress on this website


View Edith Head's original sketch

Drawing #29



Little Black Dress

Made famous by Audrey Hepburn from the film classic “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”.

Often copied but never imitated. This version is close to the original (relying on file and archives for details). Unlike the patterns we may find at our local fabric store, the original silk gown did not have a slit and was not as figure forming as usually presented. Dropped waist seams attaches the patterned “tube” skirt with the uniquely cut out back.

The gown was sold at an auction and beat out the previous record holder. The winning bid for the gown (of which there were 3 different versions created and used in the film) was in excess of $800,000.00.

Our version was created with a silk/rayon blend was created for under $70.00.




Can be viewed on this website


View Edith Heads original drawing

of this costume here

Drawing #15



Fasten your seatbelts…..

This immortal line was uttered by the actress of her day, Bette Davis as she acceded the stairs of her home in the film classic “All About Eve”. Designed by Edith Head, the Oscar winning silk taffeta dress was recreated here in a silk/rayon taffeta blend. Fully lined, it features pleated bands that wraps around each of the sleeves as well as around the top of the bodice. Fur edged cuffs compliment the very full skirt which has a unique feature of side seam pockets (usually not found on gowns of the day).

Backstory….as we have seen in photographs, Miss Davis preferred to wear the gown off the shoulder and not as designed by Miss Head. Seems the gown did not fit (as it was created to fit the original star of the film). Miss Davis (as only she could) insisted that the gown not be altered, as she preferred to wear it this way.




View the original costume here




High Society

Even her name alone evokes thoughts of elegance and regalness. Grace Kelly. And many thought she was at her best in her final film, “High Society” (1956). The gown duplicated here is from the party scene. As true as possible to the Helen Rose original, the crystal embellished gown features embroidered carnations on gray chiffon. This was then layered on top of a mauve, and gray sheer, and then a layer of lightweight satin. The combined yardage is nearly 30 yards of fabric. The original was sold at auction in 2008 for over $200,000.00.

Only later in 1956 did she look more regal, when she became “Her Serine Highness, Princess Grace of Monaco” when she married the Prince. Her wedding gown was also designed by Miss Rose, and was a farewell gift from the film studio.

Create your own beautiful High Society gown using Jim Suzio's design Fantasy Floral One.





View the original flowergirl dresses here




Princess Diana flower girl dress

Here is our version of one the flower girl dresses in Princess Diana's wedding. The embroidered laces on this dress are from the “Royal Remembrance” embroidery collection. You can create your own beautiful dress like this one, order the embroidery design HERE.





View official photos from

the JFK Library


Click on a photo on the webpage and scroll through the photos.




On April 29, 1962, the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy entertained 39 Nobel Laureates, at a dinner in their honor.

The First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy was described as luminous in a green draped silk jersey gown designed by Oleg Cassini, the official fashion designer of the White House.

Jackie had just returned from a vacation in Palm Beach and her deep tan was set off by the Celadon silk jersey fabric. Even more than forty years ago, a shoulder baring garment like this Grecian inspired toga, was considered daring.





View the Chanel Suit on this website




A name long associated with haute couture fashion. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1883-1971) opened her first shop in Paris in 1913. She introduced to the world her classic signature look in 1925 (often described as “boxy” and “Mannish”). She had numerous major successes that changed the fashion industry including the ever popular “Chanel suit”, composed of a knee-length skirt and trim, boxy jacket traditionally made of woven wool withblack sewing trim.

Though over ninety years old, the look remains a classic today, with variations that change with the days trends (a recent version offered by the House of Chanel included the jacket with leather trim). Our version is a rayon blend fabric (purchased at Vogue Fabrics) with an embroidered black trim (from the “Fringe Benefits” embroidery design disk). The jacket and skirt are fully lined.

The embroidered braid featured on our version of the gray Chanel suit was created using my embroidery design “Fringe Benefits” available here on this website. You can duplicate this braid and create your own Chanel suit! To order your embroidery design CLICK HERE.




View the original gown here



Black / White

Black and White, always the classic combination, and is just as elegant when it’s cutting edge. Sharon Stone wowed them on the red carpet at the “Ocean's Twelve” premiere when she wore this Mandalay ensemble. A two piece black satin gown topped with a white satin/beaded lace top with black accents. “Modestly priced” (by Hollywood standards), this “off the rack” gown could be purchased for $1,700.00. Our copy was reproduced for much less than 5% of the original.





Can be viewed on this website



Julie Andrews - Jolly Holiday Sequence in Mary Poppins

The original outfit that Julie Andrews wore in Mary Poppins is still owned by Walt Disney Studios. We were able to create our own version that is being worn by Meri.




View the original dress here




Meri wearing our knock-off

Judy Garland

Judy Garland wore this apron covered blue gingham in the Wizard of Oz back in 1939 and was sold on 11/23/2015 for $1.56 million US dollars! The sale took place in Bonhams Auction House in New York. Our version cost a lot less.


Meri (Jim's daughter) modeling Jim Suzio's Famous Fashion Knock-Offs


Music: "White" by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons

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