Restyled Vintage Bed Jacket

HELLO, MY FRIEND GAVE ME A VINTAGE BED JACKET, AND I RESTYLED IT INTO A SHIRT. Earlier this month, the always adorable Dean Renaud gifted me a collection of 1940’s satin bed jackets for my birthday. If you know anything about me, you’ll know I love nothing more than a) vintage lingerie, and b) the peachy-blushy color of vintage lingerie. This particular jacket is both, with a peter pan collar, embroidery, and the narrowest bias trim on every edge. Oh and a little pocket. It’s all the things.

Vintage 1940s Peach Satin Bed Jacket - Restyled | Wardrobe Myself Blog

I started with a thorough soak in Oxy Clean, and watched 70ish years of glamorous smoking-while-wearing-lounging-pajamas wash away. Oxy Clean, you chemical minx, you never let me down.

Then I added a row of tiny, etched glass vintage buttons and matching tiny loops in front. Jacket becomes shirt. I do not have a ‘Before’ image, because I am a terrible blogger. It closed at the neckline with the ribbon ties. And now it has buttons.

Vintage Satin Peach Bed Jacket - restyled by Veronica Sheaffer | Wardrobe Myself blog

The sleeves, which were very wide and straight and hitting just at the elbow, gave me a very broad-shouldered, top-heavy silhouette – perfect for wearing over a slinky, long nightgown – terrible for wearing with jeans. I added pleats, creating a draped bubble sleeve, to accommodate the more useful jeans look. WHAT ARE SHIRTS IF THEY CANNOT BE WORN WITH JEANS?

I also removed some of the volume in the back of the jacket to save me from a certain death of drowning by satin bed jacket.

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I brought it to Los Angeles over the weekend, where I wore it out many times, and on the flight home.

1940s peach satin bed jacket - Restyled via Wardrobe Myself blog

And I took a nap in it, because pajamas are comfortable. GOODBYE.

Wardrobe|Myself items completed:

  1. Blue velvet top (+ 1 pincushion)
  2. Green velvet lounge pants
  3. Cropped poet blouse
  4. Crocheted lace top
  5. Crocheted lace skirt
  6. Madras bustier
  7. Madras high-waisted short
  8. Pink granny test panty
  9. Navy scuba knit top
  10. Restyled satin bed jacket

Closet Makeover

HELLO I FINISHED MY CLOSET. Almost. Basically. It was the literal definition of depressing, and I’m so glad I did something about it after all these sad years. I didn’t grab a ‘before’ shot until I had already emptied everything out, but who cares anyway. It’s fun now. And I love it so much.


Closet Makeover on Wardrobe Myself _ pegboard and leopard wallpaper

I JUST rediscovered that kooky leopard 1960s Bill Blass jacket (with matching dress) in a bag of dry cleaning AFTER wallpapering. Can you even? It needs some work, but I’m obviously bringing that back into rotation. IT MATCHES MY CLOSET.

Closet Makeover on Wardrobe Myself _ leopard wallpaper and pegboard

I decided to go super bananas and fill the space with color and glamour and cheekiness, because I’ve been VERY RESTRAINED in the rest of the house. This little spot is just for me, so why not make it reflect my best inner lunatic self?

Closet Makeover on Wardrobe Myself _ shelving and storage

Decor Improvements:

  1. A million coats (and yet, still not enough) of Benjamin Moore’s Deep Green. I should have gone for two or three more coats, but I actually wanted to live my life, so I stopped at FOUR. The shade, though, is so rich and velvety, and it makes me feel like such a bitch.
  2. Gluing this red leopard gift wrap all over the walls and upper shelves (I used wallpaper paste) has given my life meaning.
  3. New white shelves for my shoes. Now they really POP, and I can clearly see that every single pair needs a trip to the cobbler. So luxury!
  4. Replacing the regular exposed lightbulbs with these giant Edison bulbs was a lot easier than getting an actual fixture. Whatever.
  5. Self-affirming poster from my wonderful friend Dean. I love it and you so much. THANK YOU.

Closet Makeover on Wardrobe Myself _ shelves for shoes and rolling cart for purses

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That shelf on the left is a rolling bookshelf, that I literally found in the alley the very day I started this project, after thinking I needed a rolling shelf. IT FITS PERFECTLY. On the top I keep my pretty clutch purses, and down below are stupid things like winter boots and hiking shoes. Ugh, don’t ask. At least I don’t have to look at them. But, SO ORGANIZED.

I VERY MUCH would like to replace the wire Ikea shelves with a pretty, wooden chest of drawers, but I haven’t even started looking for that yet. Obviously my luxury goals are greatly held up in the meantime. The drawers are full of extra velvet hangers and … wigs.

Closet Makeover on Wardrobe Myself _ clothes and accessories

I cleaned out ALL of my bathing suits and scarves and belts, except for those few things: two maillots and three long ribbon scarves. And the clothes you see hanging are all that’s left after my first major purge. Much of it I’ve sewn myself and everything else will be replaced over the coming months.

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Obviously, you can see that space is ultra limited, and I definitely do not plan to fill it back up again. One-by-one I’ll replace whatever’s in there with something better. And even though the priority should be those awful, uncomfortable bras, it will probably be a bathing suit, because I have POOL VACATIONS, PEOPLE. And I also have a sun allergy, so ALSO COVERUPS!

And now I’m off to photo catalogue every single item. GOODBYE.