I started with 2 navy dresses.  Left side was a 40’s rayon thing with mock tneck, so I made it a wide boat neck.  The right side one was a nice 60’s era coctail suit.  Both were hemmed to a short fun length.  I cut the zippers out of the backs of both and added ribbon loops and privacy panels to make them lace up style to fit different sizes for our rental section at the shop.  The sleeves were allready 3/4 length, so I left them as is.  Then I just decorated and accessorized with red and gold trim and nautical/military pins.  Add some little pockets, white belt and white gloves and were done!