I quite like the utilitarian edginess of this outfit, with vaguely military overtones, thanks to the trench skirt. When I first tried this top on with this skirt I was a bit struck with the unusualness of the look. Sort of intriguingly different. It's all quite boxy and not shaped to flatter my body at all. But I'm OK with that. After all, I dress to please myself; for both comfort and appropriateness to the weather, as well as to look nice. Today is another hot one, so the airiness and unfittedness of the outfit allows for breezes. And "nice" encompasses many things, pretty not always having to be amongst them. This is more funky. It's not a very feminine look, but I don't want always to look feminine. I like an edgy unconventional look too; and I think this has that appeal. So yeah.
The necklace is another I made a few years ago, during my beading fad.
Re Vogue 8333, the jacket with the "inside secrets to luxurious custom couture construction" (this is verbatim from the envelope, I'm actually not making that up); I bought some wool/silk mix while in Japan specifically for this jacket pattern and made a tiny start today. I cut out the paper pieces today and read through the instructions. Well, I did say a tiny start...
Has anyone else got this pattern and read through these instructions?
Some new concepts here; hair canvas... pad-stitching... er, bridles? I always thought bridles were for horses, apparently ladies wear them too, just in a different form, tucked away inside their lapels... ha!
You learn something new everyday.
Top; my own design, made from an old pair of ivory light cotton pants, details here
Skirt; Burdastyle magazine 08-2009-107, khaki cotton, close-up details and my review of this pattern here
Necklace; my own design
Belt; Country Road, had this for about twenty years
Shoes; Betts & Betts Brazilian collection, had these for about twenty years too