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Replicating the Runway A/W 17

So this post is about 6 months late… Needless to say it’s taken me a wee bit longer than expected to find the motivation and inspiration for this!

I started the Replicating the Runway series last year where I made my own version of a rather fab Christian Dior t-shirt and sheer tulle skirt combo.

It was an easy choice for me since I LOVED that collection and knew I could do it justice!

The Autumn/ Winter shows were a little harder for me to pick from. In the end I chose an outfit from the Erdem Pre-Fall 2018 collection – I figured that was close enough!

So my ultimate goal was this outfit on the right…

I had the rose gold sequinned fabric for the skirt and was ready to roll but I just couldn’t bring myself to pull the trigger! I knew deep down it would be an item of clothing I’d probably never wear out and I just thought “what’s the point?”.

So I decided to do a looser interpretation of this outfit!

I’ve made a blouse and skirt combo in a more wearable fabric but kept the general style and silhouette of it!

I made the pencil skirt using my hacked Tilly and the Buttons Arielle pattern which I’ve used multiple times already. I tapered the skirt slightly here though to make it narrower towards the knee. I kept a back slit to make it easy to walk in and finished it with an invisible zip.

The fabric is a stretch cotton sateen from a shop called Fabric Time at the Knitting and Stitching show.

The blouse was a bit more complicated. I’d come up with the plan for it after a lot of daydreaming about it!

I used the I Am Patterns Juliette blouse as a base for it and basically just hacked it to shreds…

The front bodice was cut into diagonals to accommodate the cross body ruffle.

I created a back yoke and got rid of the buttons down the main body of the back.

I drafted and added a skinny stand collar to complete the look!

The ruffle is just unfinished strips of fabric. I kept it unfinished on purpose – I wanted it to look a little rough at the edge. I might regret that later if the whole thing unravels! πŸ˜‚

The blouse fabric is a viscose print I got from Walthamstow market.

I’m waiting on some red satin to be delivered to create a little waist belt but I couldn’t wait to show this outfit off!!

I love clashing florals at the moment. If I could I’d wear clashing prints all the time! I love the effect they make!

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  1. I love your outfit Emily! At first I was confused about the clashing prints and colours – but the more I looked at it, the more I liked it. It’s a show stopper for sure…your blouse is gorgeous!

  2. I love the top you created! (I missed the second ruffle at first glance and thought it was a cool asymmetric element, but it’s still awesome!) The color of the fabric is fabulous, and you really made it unique and inspiring.

    PS: You could always add a line of stitching near the start of the fraying–it will help keep the fraying from eating the entire ruffle. πŸ˜‰

  3. That is such a fabulous outfit, but that top is incredible. The criss crossing of the ruffle is brilliant! I love mixed floral prints and these work so well together!

  4. That blouse is EVERYTHING!! Perfect marriage of pattern hack and fabric.

    I’m cracking up over the placement of the embroidery on the inspiration skirts. Look HERE!

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