My office environment is pretty casual…and I don’t usually get a chance to dress up to go into the office. Nevertheless, when I get the chance to put on a dress and heels…I jump on the opportunity!
I have had the jacket for a while and still love the fit and style of the jacket. I love the combination of the short-waisted jacket with the midi-length dress (which is also a newer DIY).
I put together this style board showing a combination of my outfit with items available in the current market.
Click HERE for the link to the similar items.
JACKET: DIY | DRESS: DIY | SHOES: Jerome Rousseau HERE | EARRINGS: Cheapies found locally | SUNS: Cheapies
I used a very unique combination of patterns to achieve this look. For the body of the jacket, I used Vogue 2614 (out of print). For the sleeve, I used View 3 of Truly Victorian pattern TV495.
Instead of the gathers on the sleeve, I pleated the sleeve into the armscye. In addition, I shortened the cuff of the sleeve from the original pattern.
The body of the jacket was created by cutting about 6 inches from the bottom of the View A of the Vogue Pattern. Instead of a zipper, I added bound buttonholes. I chose bound buttonholes 1) because aesthetically, they are pretty cool and 2) my vintage buttons were too large for my largest buttonhole setting on my machine. All of the seams were topstitched about 1/8″ from the edges.
The fabric is a beige/black herringbone stretch wool. The wool is light enough that I did not line the inside.
I chose to style this blast from the past with my favorite DIY off-the-shoulder dress (worn recently to the Houston Fashion Bloggers Holiday Party) and my nude silver metallic cap-toe pumps. I kept my accessories simple with a 3-tier drop earring (cheapies found locally).
I would love to hear from you on how my DIY combination held up to the ready-to-wear look board!