Added Aug 23, 2011
I live in the tropics where it’s terribly sunny all year round, but have been afflicted with a chronic desire for coats, jackets, and trenches. What is a girl to do?
I’m always on the lookout for outerwear that can be modified into summer wear. This time I started with a vintage pattern (as usual), but deviated so far from it that I dare not post the pattern envelope up (as usual)!
I used Ikea fabric in a gorgeously breathtaking large scale print. It is a little stiff, so it keeps its shape very nicely like a coat dress should. I meant to make the collar in plain old black drill, but accidentally came across my fur scraps while searching for the drill. I continued the fur thing and used it to trim the junction between the black and patterned fabrics, though it’s not completely obvious in the pictures.
This is my first collared dress, and I am so, so, so happy with the result! The collar looks weirdly boggly in the photo, but really it looks fine in real life.
I’ve worn this to work twice and gotten random cries of ‘Peacock! peacock!’ both times.
Ikea lightweight canvas, craft fur, black cotton drill, vintage leather tooled clutch
Hit the city streets in adventurous looks with utilitarian details like cargo pockets and belts.
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