Made:: Ashley Madekwe Dress Knock-off

inspiration and what i made by vivat veritasEver since I saw this dress on Pinterest, I saved the image on my iPhone “to-make” list. It is a dress by a designer, Cushnie Et Ochs, worn by English actress, Ashley Madekwe for NYFW. I think the dress is trendy in every possible way: cutout, higher neckline, and midi length pencil style skirt. I decided to replicate it for myself to wear to an upcoming wedding. chocolate brown midirif cutout midi dress by vivat veritas-2 chocolate brown midirif cutout midi dress by vivat veritas6I had this chocolate brown jersey or pale pink in my stash, and I chose the brown. I wore a pink dress for the last wedding I attended, so I thought brown would be a nice change. Also, with pale pink, I was afraid that the midriff cutout won’t stand out and blend too much with my skin color.

Sewing the dress was fairly easy and quick. I bought a zipper for the dress, but ended up not inserting it because the fabric had enough stretch. The skirt is pencil skirt pattern I drafted myself a while ago, and I lengthen and added a vent in the back. From the photo I had, I could not tell what the back of Ashley’s dress looked like, so I just made the back without any cutout or low back. I hope I don’t look scanky with this dress. I hope the quiet color and the midi length skirt counteracted with the bold cutout..if not, please tell me before Sunday, when I have to go to the wedding! chocolate brown midirif cutout midi dress by vivat veritas5

Worn with ASOS pumps, vintage clutch, Michael Kors watch & forever 21 necklace. ChieSignature

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  1. I LOVE this dress! It’s awesome! The inspiration dress is gorgeous, too– can’t decide if I like it better red or black!

    • Thank you Sonja! I really like the red on Ashley, but I wasn’t sure if it was the color for me. With my long black hair, I tend to avoid red..not sure why! Also wanted to use up my fabric stash, you know how it grows so quickly without knowing!

  2. I love it, the cutout is really sophitocated, you should deffinately wear it!
    Hope you have a lovely time, and I’m sure you’ll look glam whatever you decided to wear!

  3. I think you made a really interesting eye-catching dress, both modest and daring at the same time, I really like it! And you’ll look great at the wedding, unusual and glamorous because of the classic pencil line of the dress, great job!

  4. I think the dress is lovely and I think you look fabulous in it but in my honest opinion, I think the cut out is a little too much for a wedding. But it’s just me. Of course you can wear whatever pleases you!

    • Hi Marga, thank you so much for your honesty! I certainly don’t want to look like “too much” for someone’s weddings.. You are making me rethink whether to wear the dress. I still have 1 day before the wedding, so I might be able to get some sewing in! The only thing is that I made this dress for my size and also because it is a knock-off, if I decide not to wear it, I am not sure what to do with it (can’t sell it).

  5. Sorry, I kind of agree that it’s a bit much for a wedding. I feel bad saying that since I also think it’s an awesome dress! Maybe you should wear it for date night with your hubby, I bet he’d be willing to dress up to have you on his arm in that dress 😉

  6. Chie your dress is stunning! not scanky at all. I can’t believe you can whip up a designer dress so fast, its beautiful, have fun at the wedding : )


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