What They Wore: Rita’s Girls – X Factor Sept ‘15

Welcome to a new regular feature for our little blog ‘What They Wore’ where we fall in love with Celebrity trends and help you to create it for yourself at home! Each month we’ll be showcasing a few gorgeous ladies (and lads) in the public eye, and linking up fabrics and patterns to help you re-create the trends. 

For my first go I couldn’t resist having a go at the fashion at last Saturday’s Six Chair Challenge on the X Factor, where Rita Ora’s girls went through a gruelling task of impressing her to become one of her team. What’s lovely about this part of the competition, from a fashion sense that is, is seeing the girls personal choices before the stylists get their hands on them. What have they decided to wear on one of the biggest days of their lives. Have they gone with comfort – they were hanging around for hours – or style, glam, or a bit of everything? Lets pick it apart and find out how YOU can make these outfits yourself!


Rita Ora’s Final 6

Not all of the following girls got through, but I loved their outfits so had to mention them.


First up is the gorgeous Karen Mav. I love this tunic, I have one very similar myself. Jersey is so flattering for any figure, especially when teamed up with the plaid pattern. The neck line on Karen’s dress is a little higher. If you fancy that one more, read this helpful article about changing necklines and choosing the right one that’s flattering for you. We’ve got a few gorgeous jerseys in the shop at the moment, but the one I’d use, in fact, I think I’m going to, is this utterly irresistible teal chevron pattern. Just love it!

Grown up pattern – FREE from Small Dream Factory 

Kids pattern – FREE from Small Dream Factory


laurenmurrayNext up there was Lauren Murray. Clearly taking inspiration from her job as a dental receptionist, Lauren performed in this simple black viscose two piece of simple drawstring pants and a light shirt. I love her simple choice here. Flattering but classy. Her hair is clearly her best feature and simple clothing illuminates this beautifully. I want her hair!!

Pants/Trousers pattern – FREE from DIY Fashion on about.com 

Scrubs Top pattern – £5.95 from New Look 6976 



Next is Chloe Paige. I love this light linen shirt dress. Another simple and flattering number. She’s clearly gone for style and comfort here. Linen is a lovely fabric to work with and wear. Chloe’s dress is beautiful in white but it would look just as lovely in the Robert Kaufman Flax linen too.

Dress pattern –6696 Mcalls £8.75 from 


Untitled-2 copyNext I’ve got Katie Coleman and Kiera Weathers together as they both were working the boyfriend shirt trend perfectly, just in different lengths and different materials of course. Katie was in a lovely heavy camo – I love it! Right up my street. The best version of this camo fabric I’ve found is on Amazon and Kiera was in cheesecloth.

Shirt pattern – £5.95 from 2741 Simplicity 


Louisa Johnson had another simple but quite tight body-con number on. Gorgeous and suited her perfectly, and the colour was a great choice and something I wish I could get away with. The fabric is a lovely light stretch denim, available on MyFabrics.co.uk for just £11.95 p/m . See the neckline alteration link above to make it more bando like Louisa’s and add elastic into the neckline.

Body-con dress pattern – FREE from SewMag.co.uk


Charli Beard went a bit fancier and more “dressy” for the occasion. With some lovely beading and gemstones, in a simple black stretch suiting. By  adding some embellishment to the front you could get a very similar look with this gorgeous Burda pattern.

Dress pattern – 6858 Burda-£2.93


Finally I couldn’t leave out Rita Ora’s futuristic number! This can be made quite simply from one easy pattern! Using a red cotton create a simple strapless playsuit. Then adding a folded length of fabric round the front, tuck and sew under the armpits. Ta da!

Playsuit pattern – 6083 McCall’s £5.25 

Let us know if you have a go at any of these cute outfits, and if you like the idea of this post, and we’ll do some more!





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