Yea! A project I’ve been mulling over for at least four years finally finished! Wearing occasionally while I was teaching, I had gotten good use from a simple cropped, black jacket by J.Jill. So I put it in the sack to donate to Goodwill. But then I kept taking it out and putting it back. I kept seeing…something.
Eventually I saw it as a piece to embellish. That might be fun.
When I taught a Japanese Kimono section with my 5th grade art classes, I managed to acquire several vintage kimono silk scraps. Hmm…maybe an Asian theme would work with the jacket.
Still, I was missing something to get the project rolling. When a gorgeous silk Japanese panel (below) popped up on eBay, I knew I found the missing link. The project was a go (OK, maybe it took a few months!)
My work on this jacket was at a snail’s pace. I like hand stitching. With the exception of some lining, I hand stitched my little heart out.
My original idea was casual, pairing the coat with slacks. But Michael thought it was classy, that I could wear it to something special, like when we go to the symphony. It took a bit of searching but I finally found a dress that paired well.
A Little Touch: Buttons are a weakness of mine. I have more that anyone needs. But, of course, none of the ones I had seemed to fit with this piece. I had to go hunting. Fortunately I was able to find on eBay vintage glass Czech buttons (below).
The Japanese Kimono Silk Fabric: When I received this selection (below) of vintage fabric years ago, I remember being so excited. I only used five of the samples with the jacket. The pieces are so lovely they beg to be seen. No doubt this will take me years of mulling as well.
I have all this stashed too, plenty to work with.
The Accessories (below): I have no idea what the stones are in the necklace. Do you know? I’m pretty sure they go great with the jacket. My earrings are…vintage something, I just can’t remember what (Japanese or Chinese for some type of performance dress?) But it all works, I think.
One parting look (below) to illustrate how this project looked for quite a few weeks.
I’ve thrown this photo in after the fact because I realized that, because of my hair, no one can see the silk I added to the collar!
This is my bit for the 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup. I bought the jacket back in 2003 on clearance at J. Jill, but the fabric and buttons were sourced on the 2nd hand market.
Thank you for stopping by. I’ll have another blog bit next week. You are certainly welcome to leave a comment or two or three. I love to hear from you.
It’s Time for the Linkup!
Now to the 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup. For inspiration, I’m again kicking it off with a collage of the wonderful slow fashion stylists that linked up last month.
I appreciate all of you who link up. To be in the collage you must link up with something you scored from a consignment shop, eBay, a charity shop, or even from a friend. This can be either in the comment section below, in your linkup title, or in your post. I do read each post and try to find an item that you have gotten from a second hand source.
This month thirteen bloggers linked up at least once, sometimes more than once with GEMS that they searched for and thought deserved a second life. I now give you…
Last Months Slow Fashion Stylists from the 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup
Starting from the top left and going clockwise:
- Rena of Whatever and her IG is @fine.whatev
- Nancy of http://www.jtouchofstyle.com – her IG is @jtouchofstyle/
- Nicole of High Lattitude Style – her IG is highlatitudestyle/
- Trina of Tipey Heelz
- Patti of Not Dead Yet Style-her IG is @notdeadyetstyle
- Penny of Frugal Fashion Shopper -her IG is frugalfashionshopper
- Jess of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish-her IG is@ elegantlydressedandstylish
- Jodie of http://www.jtouchofstyle.com – her IG is @jtouchofstyle/
- Michelle and her IG is michelle_dvm99
- Charlotte of http://www.jtouchofstyle.com – her IG is jtouchofstyle/
- Maggie of Thriftshop Fashionistablog – her IG is @thriftshopfashionista/
- Michelle and her IG is @seechele_styles
I would like to thank everyone who participated in the linkup. Again, to be in the collage, the link title or in the blog, you have to mention what was pre-loved. I hope to see you at the link-up tomorrow!
The link up button is now on every post that I publish to make it easy for you to link up.
I link up with some great blogs every week. To see who they are go HERE.
Husband Michael gets credit for the photos of me and does a bit of editing from time to time.
Again, thanks for stopping by. Take care……..
Time for my usual link-up blurb!
It’s time for the March 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup which stays open until March 30th.
Any post on a blog, Instagram, Facebook or the like can linkup to this style celebration. If you can copy and paste the URL in the Linky box, you are good to go!
One item is quite OK—a hat, skirt, pants, shoes, purse, or a piece of jewelry. That item (or items) can be from a thrift shop, eBay, consignment shop, vintage boutique, one of the online consignment shops such as The RealReal–or even something a friend gave you because they didn’t want it anymore.
When you do post, I would appreciate a description about your 2nd Loved item (or items), what type of shop you found it and what drew you to it. Tell as much or as little as you want. To be featured in my collage, which I will put on Instagram along with your links, you have to say what item is second loved. That is a “have to”.
If you have never participated in a linkup before, no fear. Go to Linkup 101 guide that is found on my 2 nd Loved 1st Friday linkup page (also found at the top in the tab section).
Just click the frog below to link up and join the fun!