style in the wild: turning a special piece (vogue 2443) into an everyday favorite

this week, it’s gotten a bit more november-like here in the NYC metro area.  yesterday the temperatures, the feeling of the air, even the smell were all decidedly winter-ish.  i found myself reaching into my closet in search of something warm, formal enough for the office, and one piece.

almost to my surprise, i found myself pulling out my tailored coatdress, vogue 2443:

dress:  vogue couturier design 2443
magenta boot sox: nordstrom
boots: campers (from 2002…think i should replace them? i mean, the heel actually broke a little last week…)

why surprise, i am not sure.  it certainly fit the bill, and had some brilliant flashes of color to compensate for the back.  i used a beautiful, thick doubleknit cotton/lycra blend, and i could feel the richness of it on my skin–not to mention the silk charmeuse lining!

i originally began work on t his piece during the august 2010 sit-n-sew with Kenneth King and Susan Khalje, and finished it at about midnight on the night before Thanksgiving in 2010–to wear for the big dinner, of course!  having miraculously managed not to spill anything on it, i put it back in my closet, not sure how best to accessorize it for a more workplace-friendly look.

now all i can do is fantasize about comfortable, stylish doubleknit dresses (or coat dresses!) for the winter months in the office…and i’ve already got a fresh one on tap for spring:

photo courtesy of marina vk

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10 Responses to style in the wild: turning a special piece (vogue 2443) into an everyday favorite

  1. Marina says:

    Ahhh, old friends!!! This red dress looks familiar!!! and the coat… 🙂 time for the Garment District Meetup, to catch up on last weeks, or?

  2. prttynpnk says:

    I love this! I think it has that little pop that makes a classic fun. How about some frisky tights?

  3. ooooh, I love double-knit styles!

  4. Paula says:

    Hi there, love your Vogue coat dress! And the Butterick pattern looks lovely too. Could you let me know more about the Butterick pattern (number, where I might find it..)? Thank you!

  5. Paula says:

    Wow, that was quick 🙂 Thank you!!

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