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!


  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 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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