Wednesday, September 29, 2021

New Blue, and Tattoo Jacket Part III, Sleeves Done

With my regular day off tomorrow, I decided to take Friday off as do my fall/winter closet swap-over! To celebrate the extra-long weekend, I'm getting in a wearing of this new blue dress. 
As the dress is a thin silk, and is not lined, I will not be keeping it out with my fall/winter items, even though it has a very distinct autumnal vibe to it. I know I'd freeze in it once it gets colder. 

  • Dress - No. 6 Store, consignment; purchased here for $60.00
  • Boots - Rockport, thrifted; last worn here in August with tiger and pink leather
  • Leather trenchcoat (below) - vintage 70s, thrifted; last seen way back here in February

I removed the fabric belt and added my own leopard one. 
"You should stay home."

Hands in pockets, as is my wont. 

I love the wide V-neck on this dress, although it had a tendency to head towards the outer edges of my shoulders. 
I can see this with my caramel platform sandals and my Fendi wide belt in early spring. This is definitely a "shoulder season" dress - it's thin but the colour and longer sleeves are not summery at all. 

It's unusual to see the same V in the back. I don't usually get to show off my back tattoos. I threaded my belt through the provided pocket on the back, but I ended up pulling it out and just belting at my natural waist.
"I'm going to sulk until you pay me attention."

I did not have time to cuddle Vizzini this morning, as I had a Zoom call with some colleagues in Germany at 8am. *groan* Being on the west coast can really suck...

Masked up. This is a caramel mask with lighter brown stars. 
I did all browns and ambers for my matchy pieces. 

  • Mask - Lazy Susan's

In case you are wondering if I couldn't just throw on some layers with this dress to make it work for cold weather - I am wearing layers! 
In addition to nylons (micro-fishnets), I also have on a camisole and my Christian Dior half-slip. I was still cold. 

Outerwear - it's been raining solidly since last night, and I can't stand carrying my sticky-handled umbrella, so I have to go with my weather-proof leather. 
This leather coat is wonderful in the rain - leather dries out quickly - it's been soaked many a time. It was clear on the way home, and I ended up carrying both the gloves and the scarf.

I have three wool fedoras that I wear as rain gear. This is the nicest.

  • Hat - Edward Mann, vintage 60s, thrifted
  • Scarf - purchased here for $6.95
  • Long leather/cashmere gloves - Club Monaco, consignment
First wearing of the brown/blue dotted pashmina - it was snuggly in the morning, but too hot by the end of the day. 

The stuff: 
These are such comfy boots, and are a great neutral shade of brown. I'm glad I kept them out over the spring/summer. 

Amber bling: 
Although the belt buckle is gold, I went with my amber/glass/silver collection - the necklace looked so good with the V-neck dress. 

  • Belt - Talbots, thrifted
  • Necklace - vintage 1920s, gift from L, vintage mall
  • Silver/amber earrings - vintage 1920s, gift from L, vintage mall
  • Silver/glass bangle - vintage 1920s, vintage mall
  • Dragon bangle - Lazy Susan's
  • Wooden ring - Dots
  • Amber ring - c. 1996

Snake Jacket Art Project, Sleeves, Part III

Sleeves, Part II is here if you missed it. As I noted when I did an update on this jacket for the right sleeve, I didn't bother showing you the duplicate work I had to do on the other sleeve. It's mostly the same, but double the work! 

Last time, I'd finished all the black work, i.e. drawing the double skulls, roses, leaves and thorny vines, on one sleeve, and then adding the shading. This past two weeks have been spent doing the other sleeve all in black pen. I did most of this while watching baking shows or football. 
As I drew this sleeve, I went back to the other one that I'd "finished" and added some more greenery and a couple more roses to balance things out. 

The focus for the sleeves is on the upper shoulders and the lower cuffs. 
I'm getting good at doing these roses - it's a useful design to have in my crafty toolkit. 

I spent the last week colouring both sleeves, finishing up last night while Vizzini slept on me. 
From the front, sleeves completed. I will be doing more decorating on the chest area (mental note: avoid boob roses!). It looks bare to me with just the sleeves done. 

The ink I use goes a bit shiny in bright light - I'll have to take some pictures in daylight to get the detail better. 
I'm happy that the ink is waterproof, though - I won't be wearing this in the rain on purpose, but it's reassuring to know that if I get caught in a sprinkle, all my work won't be ruined. 

Due to the way the sleeves are sewn, it's hard to see the sleeves on the hanger. 
I promise I will model it on me next time. It looks different on the body than it does on the hanger. 

And with the back. 
I'll be adding detail to the waistband, as well as the lower peplum, but I need to do some more inspiration-searching to figure that out still. 

I'll be back in a day or so with my fall-winter closet swap-over - stay tuned! 


  1. Wow too much to comment on but let it be known you are one talented lady. Shaz here and still trying to catch up! I love the shape of the dress on you and my the jacket is amazing!! I cannot wait for the epic closet swap over post I always find it inspiring. Take care Shazxx

    1. Thanks, Shaz, great to see you! I hope you enjoyed the closet post - it's a doozy this season!

  2. That dress is absolutely fabulous, and the colours are truly stunning. Such a shame the fabric is thin and unlined, as it has got oodles of Autumnal vibes! I love that you exchanged the belt for a leopard one, and both the boots and amber jewellery are just perfect with it.
    As for your artwork on the jacket, those finished sleeves and back are jaw-droppingly amazing! xxx

    1. Thanks so much, Ann! I love the colours, but yes, this is far too thin for wearing in the chilly time of year, but it will make it that much more exciting to pull it out in the spring. I rarely use the belts that things come with - my own collection is better!

      Thank you! I'm going to rest on this for a bit while I finish up another project, but I'm really happy with the jacket so far.

  3. What a marvelous job on the jacket. I'm well jell. Hugs from the ����

    1. Thanks so much, Pamela-Marie. Your emojis translate as a bunch of ????, so not sure where you're from. :)

  4. That is a beautiful dress even if it was a little chilly to wear it's nice you got a wearing in of it - the leopard belt works so well with it.

    And I love the jacket update - you are doing a fantastic job with it! It's looking amazing!

    1. Thanks, Mica - I'm glad to sneak a wearing of it in before the season switches over for me. I really liked the leopard with it.

      Thank you again - I can't wait to have this done!

  5. Such a lovely dress Shiela. It’s a shame it isn’t made of heavier material; the colours are very autumnal and it’s a striking outfit worn with your platform sole boots.
    The art work on your jacket is just keeps getting better. You have transformed it!
    Stunning. x

    1. If it were lined, I might give it a shot in the fall, Phyl, but it's far too flimsy for cold weather. I'll enjoy rediscovering it in early spring.

      Thank you - it's not even going to be recognizable when I'm done.

  6. What a fantastic dress! Chocolate and blue- yes!! And I can't wait til you style that gorgeous print leather jacket- what a beauty!!!

    1. Thanks so much, Lucy! That's not a printed jacket - I DREW that design on it. :)

  7. I love the dress, is so feminine and cute and stylish. It suits you so well too.

  8. Congratulations on the art work on your jacket - it looks fantastic.
    I love, love this dress and the accessories were fab. It's shame you won;t get to wear it anymore till the weather gets warmer but what a fab dress to look forward to!

    Have a great weekend

    1. Aw, thanks, Vronni! I'm really happy with how it's turned out so far.

      I really love this dress too, but it's way too thin to wear in chilly weather. I will have forgotten all about it come spring - what a fun thing to rediscover. Happy weekend to you, my dear!

  9. This blue and brown dress is wonderful. The V back is fabulous. Nice to see your tattoos. I love those heeled brown boots, very sexy. The leather coat looks very stylish too.

    Poor Vizzini missed a cuddle session, I hope you made up for it in the evening.

    1. Thanks, Ivana! I like showing off my ink, so it was nice to be able to show these rarely seen tattoos. The boots are incredibly comfy - that's a really low heel with the platform. I love my leather trenchcoat.

      Oh yes, he gets lots of lovin' from us. :)

  10. Hmmmm….I had a leather coat just like that one! Wouldn’t it be something if it was mine? That blue dress is so chic and you look gorgeous in it. And, your “embellished “ jacket is amazing! You are so talented. Can’t wait to see you wearing it!

    1. That would be wild, Marsha! I bought mine at the Patch here in Victoria about 8-10 years ago. I love the dress - such a pretty colour/pattern.

      Thank you - I am excited to wear it!

  11. I adore this dress. When I have a top or dress that pulls to the shoulders or the back, I simply put fashion tape between my skin and the garment. That secures it.
    This jacket is such a work of art. I applaud you dear, it is very good.

    1. It's really pretty, isn't it, Greetje? I have never used fashion tape! Maybe I should try it?

      Thank you so much, my dear friend.

  12. Heh, I never think of leather as weather-proof.

    That jacket looks more amazing every time you show us your progress.

    1. Most people don't! But I have many leather coats and have gotten most of them soaking wet in the rain at some point, and they've been fine.

      Aw, thanks, Mim!

  13. woww, I'm admiring so much your work of art on this jacket, you're creating something so Cool and looks professionally made and You Are So Talented!. Love to see your work and that you're taking your time and enjoying the process!

    1. Thank you! It's been so much work, but I really am enjoying it. Big hugs to you.

  14. That dress is a head-turning beauty if ever there was. Three massive cheers for mild early fall weather which allows it to be worn during the season that surely influenced its pattern most of all.

    Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life


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