We recently had our annual industry day, when members of the fashion industry come to our school and give presentations on various topics. We are also asked to make something - usually an accessory - which relates to the theme of the day. This year's theme was sustainability, and we were asked to make an accessory using recycled materials.
I had recently shortened some leather pants to shorts length, and saved the leg pieces. I had this "vintage vogue" pattern V8686, so decided to make the peplum from the recycled leather, and the dress from vintage fabric given to me by an elderly lady.
I decided to make a matching hat, and chose view 3 of Wearing History's "sporty toppers". I used some of the leftover leather to trim the hat.
I was challenged by the construction techniques used, it wasn't difficult...I just had to proceed carefully and read the instructions well. It was a challenge in a good way. I followed the directions precisely, but shortened the sleeves as it is still quite warm here in March. I had replaced the side splits with pleats, because I prefer pleats, but the fabric wasn't working so I went back to side splits.
I paired it with a vintage patent leather bag and shoes from my local op shop. I just love all the design details of this dress, and think the hat makes the look. I especially like it when my outfits are truly era specific - some vintage patterns just look great, others look absolutely from an earlier time.