Vintage Bolero and skirt – complete!

This has been a really enjoyable project, really quick and easy to put together and this bolero has suddenly become a go-to whenever I think I can possibly team it up.

The shape of the jacket is new for me, I tend to go for the more tailored-to-one’s-body style jacket, while it’s a new siloette and different feel on, I really love it. Such a classic cut, I keep thinking about Balenciaga’s gorgeous jackets and how much his work influenced fashion over the decades.

I blogged some of my planning and construction photos a while back.

Bolero and Skirt

The skirt is a 70s half circle skirt, which I have also made before. I added pockets to this version, however I’m not that happy with them, I found the pieces moved a lot, even though I stay stitched them the pocket opening sits out more than I like, I ought to have used some organza to reinforce the  seams… Next time!

Bolero and Skirt front

The jacket does tend to swing open, so I think that a discrete closure is all I’d add.

Bolero and Skirt detail

I have loved wearing this with a pencil skirt and a wriggle dress, and while I feel like I was being a bit more bold with the colour, it does work well with my wardrobe. Win Win!!

Here’s the lovely inside:

Bolero and inside

This is my next plan….Bolero and skirt in this soft grey wool. That almost qualifies as a suit.

Bolero and Skirt plan in grey wool


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