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DIY Cushnie Et Ochs Skirt

You’re in for a treat! When the resort collections came out I was smitten with the Cushnie Et Ochs show. It was the bomb. The colors, and clean lines, crisp but drapey fabrics, it had my name all over it. And then I read that the inspiration was the rainforests of Brazil and the like. Say WHAT? It through me for a loop. I just don’t understand. Nevertheless, I wanted to recreate this flowy pencil skirt because it was haunting me. I saw it in my dreams. I had to have it. I knew that if I made my own I could not only have it for less money, but I could have it before theirs ever hit a shelf.

I didn’t have time for a pattern modification for this one guys. I went full steam ahead and put the chalk to the fabric.

 I got the shape that I wanted on my knit pencil skirt sloper, and cut this beauty out in minutes. I made a facing for the bottom instead of turning up and stitching. I like the clean lines that facings with top-stitching gives. The fabric for the skirt is a mystery knit that I received in my gift bag at the sewing conference earlier this year. I believe it is a Lycra knit because it has an awesome sheen, stretch and recovery.

As for this top, I used a Marc Jacobs star pattern cotton from Mood. This stuff is luxury. It’s slightly sheer, and has an embroidered pattern with the stars having almost a burnout effect. I started with a pattern here, but felt like nothing would give my top that wow factor like the one on the runway so I tossed the pattern. I wanted to make sure I could wear the top to work, so I opted for a “daring” cold shoulder, and went a little longer than the normal crop top. Oh yeah, I’m bad. Lol! 

Here I go with the all black again! The shoes are Pour La Victoire. This brand is a popular one for celebs these days. It is amazing quality, and SOOOO comfy. I can walk around all day in these babies! I have a slight shoe shopping problem if you can’t tell, but let’s not let that get in the way when a beauty like this comes along! I do work for a shoe company after all.. Perks of being in an office with Shoe Addicts all day. We sit around and talk shoes all day long. Who’s wearing what, how much they got them for, who’s vendors are better, etc. How can you NOT spend money here? It’s tough. LOL. I promise we get real work done in between Life-Size Mario Kart Racing, endless happy hours and “work & watch” movie days.. I just use the excuse that I make a lot of my clothing so it balances out with all the shoes I own. riiiiight…

Back to the blog! If you want a fun ready to wear look that’s similar, I have linked to some options at the bottom of the post. Happy Shopping for all my non-sewers!

As always, have an amazing week and feel free to reach out to me in the comments below or send me an email at if you have any questions!


Bold Skirt Options:
LNA – Double Layer Pencil Skirt
LNA - Double Layer Pencil Skirt (Black) Women's Skirt

Cold Shoulder Top Options:
LNA – Slice Top
LNA - Slice Top (Black) Women's Sleeveless
Trendy Shoe Option (I have these in a different color!):
Steve Madden – Fringlyr
Steve Madden - Fringlyr (Black Multi) Women's Shoes
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10 thoughts on “DIY Cushnie Et Ochs Skirt”

  1. Love, love, love everything about this look! The detail in the fabric on the sleeve is great. I’m interested to know how you did the facing on the hem. Is it essentially the same concept as facing on a neckline or armhole? Sounds like a really great technique for a curved hem like that.

    1. Thank you & yes! The bias binding works so well on curved hemlines. The only thing you’d have to be cautious of is that it may change the weight of the hem of your fabric is lighter than the binding. For a heavy knit like this though it worked great! Glad you like it my friend!!

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