A Jacket for Woodland Scuba Diving


I’m sorry, I just really don’t know what to SAY. This look is so far from “me,” I’m wondering if I was possessed during the making of it. Surely, I had some of my wits about me, because I used my infinitely hackable TNT By Hand London Victoria Blazer…


But most of my wits went running merrily out Mood’s front door when I ogled this woodland scene, printed on neoprene. Or rather, scuba. I believe the classification of scuba means designer neoprene. Because this, of course, is Anna Sui. No one believed it as I lugged this bolt of crazy around Mood NY’s top floor. But yeah, it’s The Sui.


Though the shoot left both Rob & me in constant laughter, I’m admittedly proud of my work…


I removed the SA everywhere so that I could join all the seams together flat with a wide zig zag, eliminating bulk…


and taped the “flat” seams with gold leather trim from my stash.


But, although working on it was my jam (I had visions of strolling into Mood and proving everyone who said I was crazy wrong), rocking it is not so much my jam (though I might stroll in anyway just for effect). Care to saunter in with me? This topiary scene should fit the bill.

Just remember, if you have fun making it, there’s no room for regrets!



  • Lynn
    April 29, 2017

    This is fantastic! Maybe you don’t love it because you’ve got it on with a black dress. You really need to embrace the print. Or the gold. Or some sort of wildness to go with the whole woodland thing. This is such a conservative pairing for you. More is more.

    • I agree with the black dress pairing– sometimes with something so “out there” I’m at a loss for what to pair it with! A moss covered skirt? Surely Rob would love that…

      • Kimbersew
        April 30, 2017

        hmm… how about faun pants? hee hee. there’s crazy and then there’s crazy. Show us where you take this Sui.. Any idea if or how it was used on the runway?

        • Faun pants! Love that as much as I love your avatar. (Cookie monster is my jam.) There’s a link in the post to how Sui used it— second paragraph:)

  • Jean
    April 29, 2017

    Second send. I came over from your blog to see more photos. I think this jacket is fabulous but not pared with the dress. Since the jacket is boxy maybe it should be pared with skinny pants (skinny gold leather?)and a little top. Maybe it isn’t going to be you regardless but it is fabulous. I love what you did with the seaming. In the end it is well designed and sewn (as usual for your projects).

    • DID YOU SAY GOLD SKINNY PANTS?!!!! You might have just saved this jacket…(and thank you for the lovely compliments!!)

    • Hélène Martin
      May 2, 2017

      Just stopping by to start a “GOLD SKINNY PANTS, GOLD SKINNY PANTS” chant.

  • Elle
    April 29, 2017

    Yes, on the skinny gold pants! The gold leather trim is wonderful, and the whole thing so beautiful done–and NOT UGLY in itself.

  • Pia
    April 30, 2017

    You have to be comfortable & confident in what you wear… But you still rock in this ensemble even if it’s not you!

  • Connie Turner
    April 30, 2017

    The jacket just needs to be shorter, like waist length or so, then it will be so you.

  • MaryAlice
    April 30, 2017

    I absolutely understand not getting rid of hand sewn pieces. I have a special closet and even have them marked off by periods in my life: my office career, my more casual, my dressy, my wedding clothes, including my husband’s…

  • Lynne
    April 30, 2017

    I loved your outfit and thought you pulled it off beautifully. (And agree with the suggestion to try slim leg pants.)
    I also loved your black dress. Is that also one you created? If so, I’d love to know the pattern!

    • Yep, that’s me! Designed it myself tho, so no pattern…in the comments over on my blog someone mentioned a vogue pattern with a very similar look. 1410, maybe?

  • Sarah Gunn
    May 3, 2017

    I’m not believing you envisioned a jacket from this fabric! It worked for sure ~ another ingenious creation by Oonaballoona 🙂

  • Deborah Flack
    May 17, 2017

    I love it! I’m a major sucker for black and white and pattern-on-pattern. Don’t let the eye “rest” – add more patterns to the mix! Great job! Also, as you prob already know, give it some time. Too fresh right now.