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Ashley Madekwe Dress

Added Nov 6, 2013

by Vivat Veritas

Tokyo, Japan






Ever since I saw this red 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.

I 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….

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Material Notes

stretch jersey, thread




Garment Type
Evening Wear, Mod

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    Nov 11, 2013, 01.45 PMby Timea Schmidt

    This is as stylish and elegant as it gets. You look fab in it. Good job! Now I’m going to hit the gym to get your abs:))

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    Nov 7, 2013, 07.54 PMby alekat

    Definitely not skanky! The slits add just enough edge to an otherwise simple dress. You look stunning!

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    Nov 7, 2013, 07.46 AMby cris orange

    Very stylish, well done!

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    Nov 7, 2013, 05.41 AMby slmnstyle

    Great dress, really great!

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    Nov 7, 2013, 01.09 AMby Slotaby

    Fabulous dress! Love your styling too!

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    Nov 7, 2013, 12.40 AMby nrobson

    sensational !

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    Nov 6, 2013, 08.39 PMby MandieW

    Congrats, you’ve made our member project of the week!

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    Nov 6, 2013, 05.53 PMby yenny lee

    Gorgeous! :D

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    Nov 6, 2013, 06.19 AMby Mary Athey

    Skanky no but stunning yes!! What a fabulous dress, i love this on you. You really do look like you have stepped of a catwalk. The cut outs are perfectly placed and executed and show of your flat toned stomach (envious) to perfection. I love this x

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      Nov 20, 2013, 11.52 AMby Vivat Veritas

      Thank you! I ended up wearing this to the wedding. At first, people did not notice the cutout, perhaps because I was sitting down a lot. I loved wearing the dress, as the stretch fabric is super comfortable. I would wear it for regular day with white long sleeve turtle neck inside in the winter.

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