Last year on the MAKE YouTube channel, commenters started saying I looked like the singer from the English synth-pop duo La Roux. Here’s how to get the Mondrian jacket look from the video for their song Bulletproof. You can also make your own "neo cameo" necklace with a laser cutter and these files on Thingiverse.
Find more photos in my La Roux costume Flickr set.
Step #1: Next
- Find a plain white blazer or jacket to start. Try thrift stores or Etsy vintage.
- Remove pockets (if it has any) from the jacket with a seam ripper.
Step #2: Next
- Create a pattern from one of the pockets by tracing it onto paper.
- Use a ruler to "square off" the corners.
Step #3: Next
- Cut pockets from a thick folded layer of each colored fabric.
- Make sure the fold is at the top edge of the pocket.
- The yellow and green pockets are rectangular, so I squared up my pattern before cutting the square red and blue ones.
Step #4: Next
- Cut and iron a ton of 3/4" wide black binding. If I had to do it over, I'd probably order some black bias tape.
Step #5: Next
- Pin binding around 3 raw sides of pockets, leaving the layered fold at the top.
Step #6: Next
- Straighten the front flaps of the jacket by opening up the seam with a seam ripper.
- Cut off the excess fabric and use an iron to press in a new, straighter flap. Sew with white thread.
Step #7: Next
- Pin and sew binding to jacket around the front edges, inside of collar, and cuffs.
- Because the bottom front corners of my jacket weren't square, I fudged it by extending the binding out past the edge.
Step #8: Next
- Pin and sew on pockets!
- There's a bit of binding detailing over the shoulders and on the sides as well.
Step #9: Next
- Sew on five black buttons. Don't worry about buttonholes, you'll wear the jacket open!
- Pair with a long black tank top or short dress and some leggings.
- Plain white or striped sneakers complete the look.
- Don't forget the signature hair and Bowie eye makeup!
- Find more photos in my La Roux costume Flickr set.