I found a lovely striped wool vintage 80s two piece which was perfect for a transformation project. The lovely colours - stripes of grey, red, mauve & tan - made me think of Victorian daywear outfits so I combined the textile with pieces in dark red, grey plaid & black cut from other garments.
The jacket was an oversized long shirt style (so very 80s) which fitted well on the shoulders due to the obligatory shoulder pads but was pretty shapeless when it reached the waist & hipline. So I cut the jacket across the natural waist & added shaped godets cut from the grey plaid to give a peplum effect. I then added dark red trims to the front to give the jacket a smart look. On the back I stitched a half belt with long ties so the fit can be adjusted & also to add some extra detail.
Don't you think this would make a perfect Christmas morning outfit for a Victorian themed Christmas?