March 6, 2017

A Black Bolero

So there are still a few details to smooth out (pun intended), but my bolero pattern is at least finally semi-working! Possibly TMI note to justify the sort of odd fit over the bust here, I was wearing a modern bra as opposed to a retro more bullet shaped one like I normally would, which is contributing to the slightly weird fit. Lucky it is an easy fix, wear the correct foundation garments! Duh

Besides that issue, I am super happy with this bolero, it is definitely the best fitting I have made yet! Made from the same black cotton sateen as my pencil and circle skirts it will match both, turning each into a suit of sorts which is awesome! I have a dress in this same fabric too that I could also wear this cropped jacket with, so I suppose it helps create all sorts of new outfits. For its first wearing I paired it with the pencil skirt and a simple black knit top, accented with white gloves and a simply awesome brooch from Summer Blue Jewelry that I got for Christmas this year. I love this brooch so much, and I can't believe I was able to find perfectly matching black and white striped earrings (vintage 80's ones) that I am not wearing in these photos but I promise exist. My hair was covering my ears so it didn't seem worth it! I finished the outfit with my black beret with the star embroidery I added back in 2015, tutorial here! I needed a snug hat as it was quite a windy day!

I am excited to keep working on perfecting this bolero pattern and make a few more in the future. This cotton sateen from Joanns is probably my favorite fabric from them and is so easy to work with that I am tempted to get some more in navy blue and make up another circle skirt and bolero as a set. I have enough fabric in my stach for now already though, so I better get back to sewing and use some of it up to make room for more! ;)

Skirt & Bolero: Made by me
Hat: Target (embellished by me)
Shirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: Royal Vintage Shoes
Tights: Amazon
Brooch: Summer Blue Jewelry
Gloves & Handbag: Vintage


  1. That's a cracking effort Bianca, the sleeves and curved front are so flattering on you. Worth all the trials and tribulations!

    1. Thanks Porcelina! Next I'm going to try for a short/kimono sleeved version <3

  2. Very natty! Black will always be a classic.

  3. Beautiful and chic. You can never go wrong with black- and it sounds like this is going to be a very versatile item in your wardrobe!
    The Artyologist

    1. Thank you Nicole! I have a lot of black clothes...and I am working on a black wool pencil skirt this week too! Then I have even more black fabric in the sewing line up too, oops! ;)

  4. Such a sophisticated look! Very feminine and elegant indeed!

  5. Your bolero looks fantastic, worth all the fitting efforts. How nice that you have three matching pieces to wear it with. So many options. Great brooch too.


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