Thanks, all. It was a very easy conversion to a blouse -- it's long enough to wear untucked if I like (but I mostly tuck in front anyway.) And yes, Sharan, it's still double layered and the sleeves are chiffon while the body of the blouse is crepe de chine (I think) with a silk chiffon overlayer.
Jaime, you are quite probably right -- it may well have been fall, 2015. Long time! And I could not get rid of it. Partly because I know the colour is good for me, and partly the cost, and partly the happy associations.
Peri, chuckling....I could say the same about several forum members whose clothes always strike me as fantastic...um...until I actually try them.
Sarah, these colours may look warmer but IRL they are not -- it could be the photography and my need to fiddle with lighting. The pants and jacket are a dark blue plaid against charcoal (so cool). The burgundy is a dark purplish burgundy tone. The print shirt is a pale cool lilac background. The pink sweater is a cool toned pink.
Carla, I haven't worn it as a suit yet. I've worn the jacket twice and the pants 3 times. Considering I only got the pant back from hemming 10 days ago, that's a pretty good number, LOL. Will wear it as a suit in a few weeks when we head to Vancouver.
Irina, we are on the same page there. I wish I could make it work for me -- but nope.
Brooklyn, thanks -- your own upcycling and adaptation projects were a huge inspiration for this. I figured -- what is to lose?
Angie, Debbie, Dee, Jussie, Slim cat, LJP, Tanya, Jenni -- many thanks. And Jenni - it's so funny, right? The silhouette that is just everything to one person never feels authentic to another. <shrug> who can explain it?? MAYBE Kibbe...but in this case, I am not sure....