Purple cropped jacket from a dress

This purple dress was another $1 thrift store find from back in November. I’m still playing catch-up for all of the projects I completed over the last month.

I really didn’t mind this dress the way it was, aside from the fact that it had no shape and it was extremely short.

The factors that grabbed my attention: fabulous giant buttons, and a quilted look placket, collar, cuffs and hem.

When I worked on this reconstruction I was on a jackets and sweaters kick. So, I decided to turn this into a cropped jacket, using the placket as the button down front.

First, I cut across the dress, directly below the placket.

The sleeves were big. So I removed the cuffs, hoping to take the sleeve seams in a bit.

I took the new jacket in an inch and a half on each side, from the bottom up through the sleeve seam.

The hemline was too interesting to leave behind, so I cut that away from the bottom of the dress.

Once I took in the side seams of the decorative hem, I sewed it to the bottom of my new jacket.

I folded the edge of the decorative hem in and finished the edge, sewing along the same line as the decorative stitching on the placket.

I found a fabric in my stash with a purple floral pattern, and created little scrap flowers and one bigger scrap flower to attach to a belt.

For the belt, I cut out a rectangular strip from the remaining portion of the dress, sewed it into a tube shape and pressed it flat. I then added a little snap at each end to close the belt, and attached the bigger scrap flower.

Strip for the belt.

As you can see in the picture above, I also added two little snaps to the inside of the jacket at the bottom to keep it closed.

So here it is: my new purple cropped jacket.

It was freezing outside today. So, I just took the pictures as quickly as possible.

Oh my...I apologize profusely for the shameful duckfaces.

This little cropped jacket can be worn with or without the little belt (it looks best on me without it), buttoned or unbuttoned.

It will work best in the spring, when I don’t have to wear long sleeves underneath it (I was pretty well frozen by the time I finished taking these pictures out in the cold this afternoon). 🙂

The jacket would look much better with a little dress or a skirt, but I was too wimpy today to wear anything like that (Can you blame me? It was in the teens after all).

Please forgive my hair (And my face…. man, I must not have been feeling the pictures today. Haha). I’m finally getting a haircut later this week. Yay! It’s been at least five months. 😮

  1. Rachel Laffoon

    January 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Adorable!! I love jackets like that. Wish I could wear them. Your hair looks good even tho I am not a fan of long hair but…….it looks good in the pictures. GA

    1. verityclothing

      January 25, 2011 at 5:33 am

      Thanks! 🙂 I can’t wait to wear it with a cute little skirt. My hair is just really bushy on the bottom. As it has grown, it seems to have gotten thicker and thicker. I just can’t wait until it has some shape again.

  2. Laurie

    January 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Well, you probably already knew I would love it….but I will say it anyway! I LOVE IT!!!

  3. Candy

    January 24, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    That jacket looks so cute on you! Love the style and the roses on it. The colors look great together too!

    1. verityclothing

      January 25, 2011 at 5:37 am

      Thank you so much! I love the color combo as well. The green is also in the floral print, though it’s hard to see that in the pictures.

  4. Juanita

    January 24, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    This is incredible. You are genius when it comes to reconstructing and repurposing!

    1. verityclothing

      January 25, 2011 at 5:35 am

      Thanks lady! I’ve just been bouncing around on your blog, and you seem to be something of a crafting genius yourself. I can’t wait to read more about your crafting adventures. 😉

  5. Michelle

    January 26, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Very nice. The fabric looks thick- which my machine has difficulty handling well. I’m curious as to what sewing machine you have, if you don’t mind sharing?

    1. verityclothing

      January 26, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks! The fabric is pretty thick. I have a Singer Touch & Sew. I’m looking for a new machine though, as it has difficulty with thick fabrics and the amount of sewing that I do.

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