Diy Cropped military inspired jacket and body con dress

Diy Cropped military inspired jacket and body con dress
My love of cropped jackets are no secret.  I find them to be chic and edgy with the ability to turn a simple dress into something a bit more special.  I’ve wanted to make a cropped jacket for a while but kept putting it off until I found the perfect fabric, so when I spotted this AMAZING Calvin Klein wool from I was sold.  This is the perfect coat/jacket fabric with it’s heavy weight and warm and fuzzy feel inside.  It cuts beautifully and considering the thickness it sews very easy.  The pattern used for this jacket is this downloaded Burdastyle  with the following alterations:

Removed 14″ from the bottom of the pattern
Added leather to the arm bands and neck
Added buttons to the arm bands and neck
Added metal zippers to the jacket front
Added 4″ to the length of the sleeves
Added snap closures for the neck and jacket opening
Lined with this charmeuse from

This quick, simple and uber comfortable dress was made with this ponte knit from  definitely a staple fabric that’s easy to sew and feels fantastic.  I made this dress with this downloaded Burdastyle pattern  with the following alterations:

Added 8″ to the bottom of the pattern
Placed the zipper at the back seam instead of the side
Removed the back vent

Boots-Brian Atwood here
Shades-Ralph Lauren here
Lipstick-Sephora collection in Always Red here



  1. December 18, 2013 / 5:44 am

    Love it! You are making me long for winter already! 🙂

    • December 18, 2013 / 6:51 pm

      Thank you Debbie, you can have this weather any day 🙂

  2. December 18, 2013 / 1:06 pm

    I love it! Did you use a pattern for the dress and jacket? If so, which ones?

    • December 19, 2013 / 2:47 pm

      Thank you, the pattern links are in the description up top.

    • December 19, 2013 / 3:20 pm

      Thank you Chinelo

  3. December 18, 2013 / 4:29 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous from head to toe!!!! I placed my order for the fabrics. Nikkie you're such an inspiration!!!!!

    • December 19, 2013 / 3:20 pm

      Awww thank you Jennifer

  4. December 18, 2013 / 5:09 pm

    LOVE IT! Love EVERYTHING about it!

    • December 19, 2013 / 3:19 pm

      Thank you Tracy

  5. Tiffany from Chicago
    December 18, 2013 / 6:52 pm

    Gorgeous! gorgeous gorgeous I see so many other sewing bloggers try to duplicate your work everyday but you are the bomb girl.

    • December 19, 2013 / 3:19 pm

      Thank you Tiffany

    • December 19, 2013 / 3:19 pm

      Thank you Mo

  6. December 19, 2013 / 2:12 am

    That jacket is A-M-A-ZING!!!!!!!

    • December 19, 2013 / 3:19 pm

      Thank you Sindy

  7. December 19, 2013 / 7:16 am

    I love this. Your style is so perfect. I want to move into your closet. You are easly one of my favorite sewist blogs!

  8. December 19, 2013 / 3:19 pm

    Thank you so much Nicole! you are free to move in my closet as long as you agree to clean it 🙂

  9. December 23, 2013 / 1:14 pm

    You did a wonderful job fits you to a tee…. but what I'm in Aww about is how little your waist is….did you loose weight because your body is to die for Suge! I feel like sticking my finger down my throat right now after I just ate this breakfast sausage…lol…your my inspiration to work out TODAY!

  10. Anonymous
    January 3, 2014 / 3:06 pm

    Wow!!!!…stumbled on your blog today since I'm snowed in. (in NJ) You have amazing projects and style. I too, started sewing because of MimiG and her Maxi Skirt, but you have taken it to the next level. Classy, sophisticated and awesome. THanks for the inspiration and keep up the great work. I will be another follower to add to your list. 🙂

  11. Anonymous
    January 15, 2014 / 11:33 am

    I've been following your blog for a while and make some clothes for myself. My next project is this beautiful dress. I was wondering what size you cut.
    The Netherlands

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