Here's my work area.
My hot mug of tea became iced tea after about an hour. I wore fingerless wool gloves, and I plugged in my music for some nice soothing background. I could still hear the rain pattering down on the glass above me.
Thanks for the support, bud. I actually enjoyed working in the cold and was comfortably warm, although after three hours (yes) my nose, toes and fingers were feeling nippy.
I'll be sharing the full before/after, process and detail pictures of the jacket tomorrow after I give it to Tammy.
But I had a Zoom call scheduled with Mom this afternoon, and what better item to style up and wear than the Tammy Jacket?
- Jacket - Le Chateau, customized by me for Tammy
- Sweater - Rodier, vintage 50s, vintage fair; last worn here in January with pink fringe
- Leather skirt - BCBG Max Azria, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in October 2017 (4 years!!) for the theatre with Mom
- Boots - Conquer Malika, Fluevog; last worn here with McQueen trousers in March
Here's the underneath outfit - this beautiful vintage sweater was the perfect match for the pink roses on the jacket.
So, the jacket! Tammy is a statement dresser extraordinaire, but I knew she wouldn't want something overly busy. I left a lot of "white space" on the front of this jacket, partly because those flopped over lapels are faux suede on the outer facing surface and there's no way I'm going to draw on that.
But I did take full advantage of the back! I'll post close-ups tomorrow, but you can click to embiggen any image.
"Hey, wait for me!"
The back says "Friends in Fair-Weather and Foul", an homage to our time working together at Fairweather women's clothing store in 1999-2000, and our 2+ decades of being friends ever since.
I asked Tammy how she usually wears this and she said jeans and a t-shirt. I think this will still work well - a little pink or purple lippy and she'll be good to go.
And of course, it has Secret Roses! I hid them under the lapels so Tammy can flip them over and show them off, which she'll totally do.
I tried the jacket on many times as I worked on it, to make sure that the designs could be lined up.
If you do this...
L says this is his favourite piece so far and I have to agree. The colour of the pleather definitely made it easier to work on.
- Silver earrings - Israel, consignment
- Silver/onyx ring - Toccara, vintage fair
- Silver/amethyst ring - vintage mall
Mom and I had a lovely chat - she showed me her latest work-in-progress, a picture based off one I took (this one) during our visit to Finnerty Gardens in the summer (here).
Mom's art group just finished a week-long exhibit in Sidney, where she sold three paintings!
That's fantastic! So proud of you, Mom!
Flashback: BCBG Max Azria Pewter Leather Maxi Skirt
I have had this BCBG Max Azria pewter leather skirt for nine years - I bought it at Verve Consignment off the sale rack for $70.00 probably in November or December 2012. These were the blogging days before I posted what I bought after I shopped, so I have no pictures of it until I first wore it on New Year's Eve 2012-2013, here. It has a slight train at the back - so KLASSY - and you can see it in some of the pics here and above, in today's outfit.
I was fully into steampunk in late December 2012/early January 2013, and had just dyed my hair blonde for the first time.
I love this pic of L and I.
As you might suspect with a pewter leather skirt, it's only worn for fancy occasions. We went to a burlesque show in April 2013.
I wore this to Elaine's birthday, a cocktail party at Clive's Lounge in September 2013.
This is my summertime punked-up look for seeing punk legend Art Bergman in September 2014.
I just let go of this delicate vintage beaded top to the giveaway pile. My hair's purple here - I still have that fascinator.
And this is the last time I wore this skirt in October 2017, with the same top as September 2013. Only I wore the top backwards this time. Also, it's a wool sweater covered in glass beading - it weighs a ton. I should wear it again - I still have it.
Mathy stuff: Including today's outfit, I've now worn this skirt 7 times which is $10.00 per wear. Excellent.
I knew when I bought this that I'd never need to buy another long silver skirt again. It's an easy and useful bottom piece and super comfortable and warm to wear - and I learned from the bus incident that a) I can't take big strides in it and b) that it's good protection if I fall. Keeper!