Another one of those 'I bought this fabric awhile ago and it's been sitting around in my stash waiting for inspiration' projects...
The khaki and black plaid had to be for something Steampunk, but also, maybe being influenced by continual interest in praire/country style, this design came to mind. (the actual pieces I ended up drafting were slightly different for the bodice than in this sketch- namely the left front and right front ended up being the same double-breasted style shape).
Buttoned up, it's sort of a cross between military (asymetrical, double-breasted, brass buttons) and school-marm (high collar, conservative bodice). It also seemed a little lolita-ish with the the doll-like conservativeness, length and lace accents.
With the bodice open, it's got the double-lapel visible for a more high-fashion look. I ended up lining the entire bodice in a contrast fabric to add a little something special to the piece.
It's got an elasticated high-waist and elastic gathered cuffs on the three-quarter sleeves, which makes it super comfy and a good fit for a variety of body types.
Last of these nifty, brass-look buttons. Unfortunately, not made of real metal, but I love the swirl designwork.