So my daughter is into cosplay and wants to achieve a similar look to this:
And this is the pattern I had in my file:
Close enough to adapt into the shape she wanted. We simply removed the sleeves and pockets, redrew the hem, eliminated the top ruffly bit and added a tiny ruffle around the bottom hem. Luckily, she's short, so when we removed the excess back-waist length, we ended up with the perfect amount of space for the two big silvery buttons. Here's what we ended up with:
She loves the vest, but doesn't seem to wear it out much... as with the cute bloomers I made to complete the look. I'll post those later, when I have a picture of it. It was completed quite a few months ago... it's gotta be around somewhere in her room (the black hole). Hopefully I'll catch her when she decides to wear it for another Anime Convention or something.