At least one piece of the Vivi costume is con-ready! It isn’t perfect, and there is still tweaking that we’d like to do, but they it’s wearable.
The coat is built from Simplicity 2333, view A, with alterations to the skirt panels to change the closures and create swallowtail panels in the back. Both the blue and cream sections are sewn out of a bottomweight cotton (twill, I think?) – fairly heavy and good at holding its shape. I sewed the bodice and its lining per the instructions, but the skirt panels were lined individually and then attached to the bodice.
Since the photos below were taken, cuff trim and grommets were attached by my husband, who is also sewing gold trim down the front edges. We’re going to add a fake pocket flap to hide some minor puckering at one of the front bodice seams, likely in the same cream as the cuffs and back panels.
I started working on this jacket in February – so it’s nice to have this piece done!