Designin’December – Part One

Usually, I am not one that’s interested in copying designer outfits. Although I like some designer clothes, I don’t want to spend a lot of money on clothes, that I can make. Also, I don’t like to show the label I am wearing. Yes, that might be weird, but that’s how I feel. I like to wear clothes that are different. I’ve split the post into a few parts as it will end up being a very long post and I do not want to bore you. in

So, although I’ve seen Linda from Nice dress thanks I made it! I thought ‘It’s interesting, I’ll follow her challenge and what everybody comes up with. The majority of those who entered tried to make a replica of the original using same fabrics and patterns going as close to the original.

Then Linda added me to the Facebook group she created for the challenge. I felt that I at least have to try a check out some outfits I might want to make.

The research resulted in me finding this outfit from Giorgio Armani ready to wear spring 16 collection.


As I did not want to make the exact same version, knowing I will not find the same fabric or patches that are similar, I made my own interpretation of the outfit. Yes, I actually made three garments.

After some thought and a lot of internet research(mainly for the badges) I decided to use the following:

  1. Fabrics from Minerva Crafts
    4 m – Made in England Wool Blend Pinstripe Suiting Dress Fabric Black
    2 m – Sheer Stripe Stretch Jersey Knit Dress Fabric Black
  2. of Ebay
    30 skulls patches
  3. patterns (I was quite lucky as I already had all the patterns in my stash)
    Flint from Megan Nielsen Patterns for the shorts.
    NewLook 6230 for the top view D with long sleeves
    NewLook 6035 for the jacket view A


Any extras such as thread or buttons I already some in my stash that were suitable for the project.

Please stay tuned, in the next post I’ll share how I got along making the shorts.


Author: Simona

I don't really like talking about myself. But, I love sewing and after reading a lot of blogs on the internet about it, I've decided to give it a go as well. I am Romanian born, but live in the UK. I am a bit selfish when it comes to sewing. I tend to make stuff more for myself. Others have to go through a lot of torture in order for me to make something. My mum did it twice. Well I only wanted to make the dresses fit her perfectly. And in the end they looked great.

5 thoughts on “Designin’December – Part One”

    1. It was fun making it. You already saw it on Instagram. I just did not have time to blog about it before the end of December. 🙂

  1. I don’t know if I’d want to make an exact copy of that Designer Original! The top looks “see-through”. Sometimes the Designer Original inspires you, make some minor adjustments and “Presto!” You have the perfect Designer me-made Copy! I love those badges you found!

    1. I think it is more fun to get inspired by designer outfits and the put your own mark on it. Thank you.
      Yes, those badges as so cool. Had to have them shipped all the way from Hong King. got quite a few left that i might use in something else.

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