Leap Day Oops Jacket

Happy Leap Day! I’m actually not a fan haha. Not to be a Debbie Downer or anything… but who wants an extra day of winter? Not me! On the other hand, it is an extra day to be alive so I’m going to try to be positive today 😉


You’re looking at an OLDIE here. I mean, I’ve had this is my stash for, like, 3 years or more. In fact, I started on this several times (going in a different direction each time), couldn’t make up my mind, and eventually deleted all my during pictures! It was a moment of frustration…. I figured I’d never finish it so, whatever.

Wouldn’t cha know I stumbled upon this a little while ago, had a moment of inspiration, finished it, and was able to locate my “during” pictures in the recycle bin of my computer 🙂

I cut the skirt portion from the top like I typically do…

I had plans for the bottom part, originally. This time, though, it was the top part that motivated me.


I love this button closure that went all the way to the waist. I thought this would make a breezy Spring jacket.

I amputated the shoulder pads and lining.

I was going to leave the binding at the waist, but it ended up looking kind of awkward so I cut it out and finished the edge with a rolled hem.

Sorry, but you have to go…

This was a refashion YEARS in the making… and it’s a new favorite! Go figure.


It’s been CRAZY windy here lately, but I decided to brave the elements for some outdoor shots any way.


It’s beginning to look a lot like Spring 🙂 🙂 🙂


I love the material of this jacket; so silky and lightweight.

the print is pretty amazing too!

I’m glad I was able to find my photos in my trash bin… Even YEARS after the fact, I guess I shouldn’t be so “quick” to write off a refashion. It helps to take a break and revisit a project with fresh eyes. I can see this being a staple piece for me during the warmer months.


Happy Refashioning. Make the most of your extra day 🙂

12 thoughts on “Leap Day Oops Jacket

  1. Reblogged this on vintagethrifter51.com and commented:
    What a fantastic idea and a great use of the dress. I have some dresses like this and I will have to consider making a little jacket out of them. Well done!! Cheers, Michele

  2. That looks great on you, and I’ve given up on so many pieces that have sat there for years….only last week I dropped a few bags off at the charity shop, full of dresses and bits n pieces – but you’ve got me thinking I should have held on to them!! I think I reached my cut off period with them… Anyway!! Back to yours, a fine job – and anyone else would have left the bottom piece on, but removing that made it look much more ‘current’, and less 90’s bomber jacket, looks fab!! X

    1. Thanks, Gema. JUST saw this comment…swine notifications. Sometimes I get them, sometimes I don’t. What’s funny is that I really hate to hold on to anything 😀 I can’t stand clutter. I don’t want to turn in to a hoarder. For whatever reason though, this one just kept egging me on. It became more about “winning” haha 🙂

  3. I’ve done that too. Started something then thought… No that won’t be right and that’s why I have dresses from over 2 years ago still. LOL… Love the jacket though. Super cute.

  4. I love this refashion~it looks so great as a jacket. 🙂 I too, have those pieces that I just can’t seem to figure out what to do with, though my clutter-phobic self often sends them back to the thrift store before I figure it out. Do you have a certain organizing system for pieces-in-waiting?

    1. Thank you, Joy. I hate clutter too… but I was just so in love with this print I couldn’t part with it. I knew inspiration would hit me eventually 🙂 I’m sorry to say that I do not have any kind of organizing system for my pieces-in-waiting. I wish I did…

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