Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Refashioned Bomber Jacket from a Funky Prom Dress

A few months ago, I went to the thrift store to replenish my refashion stash.  I didn't have any particular project in mind, so focused more on interesting fabrics and patterns.  I found a Jessica McClintock prom dress with a pretty floral brocade for $5 and threw it in my cart without looking too closely at it.  Once I got home, I found this weird, funky embellishment on the back of the dress I completely overlooked at the store.

That stupid, fugly bustle stumped me for the longest time.  I assumed the entire dress was made of the satiny brocade I fell in love with and was counting on that yardage.  Since there wasn't much brocade to work with, I put the dress "on hold" for several months in my guest room/junk room.

I finally found inspiration with the current bomber jacket trend.  I figured I had enough brocade for the sleeves.  For the bodice, I found a thrifted skirt in the perfect shade of red.

I was determined to do something creative with that stupid bustle, so I made a applique from a Japanese crest pattern.

Read all about this bomber jacket refashion on  my blog


RePurposeFul said...

Fabulous! Very well done.

whatthesew said...

Very dramatic. Beautiful fabric.

Saga said...

That looks so professional.
I would have never thought of using that dress for sleeves. Great way of saving the fabric of that odd dress.
Saga - EOD

Unknown said...

Thank you so much! That did the trick, you saved me more endless hours of searching for a fix.

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Unknown said...

this. is. amazing! so trendy. zara and modcloth would be so jealous. AND it's one of a kind!