Reinvention: 60’s Brocade Jacket, Part One


I originally found this beautiful brocade jacket during one of Retrostar Vintage Clothing’s much-loved warehouse sales. The fabric immediately reminded me of the costumery of Sophia Ford Coppola’s ‘Marie Antoinette’, mixed with the album cover of the Beatle’s ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band’.
It was only $10, and it was far too big for me, but it grabbed my attention and refused to let go.
So home with me it went!

On the drive home I thought I might be able to sell it online. When I was searching for details of the jacket’s history, I had a slight feeling it was from the sixties, and could possibly be part of a dress and jacket set. I found the dress to go with the jacket over at Etsy! Meanwhile, my gut was saying “no, keep it”.
I’m a firm believer that one should follow their gut, so I tried it on.

Initially I felt that it was wrong to resize such an old piece, but eventually, following some strategic pinning and imagining, the idea grew on me and I decided to take action! I’ve turned it inside out for most of these shots to give a very basic idea of what I’m planning…





I’ll be working on this jacket over a series of posts. If you’d like to follow along, be sure to keep visiting back here at Beehive Bespoke, or subscribe to my feed for updates!



  1. May 25, 2016 / 6:51 am

    Beautiful pattern and a great idea to make it your own:)

    • May 25, 2016 / 8:44 am

      Thanks Majean! I concur about the pattern, it’s really beautiful! I’ll be posting new updates as I work on it 😊

  2. May 25, 2016 / 11:37 am

    What a nice vintage fabric! I want to see how you will transform it in the end!

  3. Chelsea
    May 25, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    I like it! It’s different and cute. Looking forward to see the finale results :)

    • May 30, 2016 / 3:42 am

      Thanks Chelsea! I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out too 😊

  4. May 26, 2016 / 9:00 am

    I love that you said you believe in following your gut. I absolutely agree with you on that! And I’m really glad you kept the jacket. I can’t wait to see what it becomes. Good luck and hope you have fun. :)

    • May 30, 2016 / 3:43 am

      Totally, it never seems to steer me wrong! I’m glad I kept it too 😊💕

  5. May 28, 2016 / 5:08 am

    This is absolutely gorgeous – I am in love with the fabric and the colour. I am really curious how you will transform this jacket. I look forward to seeing the final product!

    • May 30, 2016 / 3:46 am

      Thanks Soraya – me too! I love this shade of green, it reminds me of the sea 💕 I’ll have more posts to follow as I transform it, feel free to follow along 😊

  6. May 29, 2016 / 3:14 am

    This is so interesting to see inside this process! And I agree, the fabric of the jacket is divine. I love how you’re reinventing something so it can be worn and loved again. Can’t wait to see the end result :)

    • May 30, 2016 / 3:49 am

      Thanks Emma! I agree about the fabric, it’s got such a beautiful texture to it and the colour is one of my faves. I love that I can take something that’s possibly spent years in storage and give it a new lease on life too 😊💕

  7. Tamanna
    May 30, 2016 / 1:14 am

    Oh my my! I absolutely love the print on it. Give me a vintage damask feeling. It’s genius the way you transformed. Seriously, looks so trendy! Wish I had a magical attire sense like you😅

    Much love… GreenStory

    • May 30, 2016 / 3:50 am

      Thanks Tamanna! I totally agree, it’s such a beautiful fabric! I’ll be transforming it over a series of posts, feel free to follow along! 😊💕

  8. May 31, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    Wow what beautiful fabric! I’m looking forward to seeing how you change it up :)

    • June 4, 2016 / 7:39 am

      Thanks Caroline! I’m really looking forward to seeing this evolve too! :)

  9. July 22, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    Beautiful Jacket! The print is just lovely xx

    • September 9, 2016 / 8:26 am

      Thank you! Part of why I bought this originally was the print, even though the size wasn’t right for me, the print was what swayed me to take it home, it’s really beautiful 💕

  10. Theresa
    August 30, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    I recently opshopped a high fashion brand brocade style jacket with the intention of making adjustments for a refit. It looks similar to yours except with a longer line and I wanted to give it more definition around the waist. I’ll look through your follow up post for further inspiration. Thanks.

    • September 9, 2016 / 8:30 am

      That jacket sounds beautiful Theresa – I’m really flattered that you’re following along with my posts! I’ll have a follow up post to this one ready very soon 😊💕

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