Archives for the month of: July, 2013
Corporate Edge

Corporate Edge by melaniemac featuring a tweed skirt


Tweed skirt
$61 –

Christian louboutin pumps
$575 –

Prada zipper bag

Kate Spade oversized scarve

Autumn-winter 2013 Collection #1

Autumn-winter 2013 Collection #1 by melaniemac featuring dolce gabbana

Mango jacket

Dolce Gabbana dolce gabbana
$305 –

Tory Burch wide shoes
$210 –

Leather purse

About to finish the jacket – just have to put the sleeves in, then finish all edges and bead the trim. Couldn’t wait on the beading though, so I did one of the pockets to see whether it would look any good. Beading in a straight line with a variety of beads is a bit challenging, so I think I’ll stitch guide lines to follow – will help me see where the needle should go into the fabric on each stitch.

I will bead up the front, around the neck and around the bottom of each sleeve. Not going to bead around the bottom of the jacket, as sitting would be hard on the beads & thread.

Like this t-shirt a lot – thinking of making something similar. Have several different colours of cotton/poly knit that would look great together.

Laid back summer

Laid back summer by melaniemac featuring a floppy hat



Bangle bracelet
$5.37 –

Silver charm

Floppy hat

I’m going to do a beaded trim on this jacket, probably 3 lines of beads side-by-side which should end up being about 3/8″ wide. I picked two different sets of beads to match the colors in the jacket.



Hand basting



Thought I’d share a few of the steps in this jacket. Taking lots and lots of time, but still enjoying the process.

The Zen of Sewing: do you love the process or the product?

Most of my sewing projects are about the finished product. I bet many of you are like me – you have an event coming up, which makes it a perfect excuse to make something new! Over the years, I’ve sewed for work, for golf, vacation, dinner out, dinner in, romantic evenings and more. The one thing I haven’t done much of is sewing for the love of the process.

Enter The Contemporary Couture Jacket by Angela Wolf at The process of making a couture jacket is so much more about the journey, that it allows you to relax and not focus on the product. The end will come in time, in the meantime, there is a wealth of things to enjoy:
* Taking the time to make sure that your lines are cut straight and corners are sharp.
* Feeling the texture of the fabric as you work with it.
* Noticing the change in the hand of the fabric as you iron on fusible interfacing to each piece.
* Caring for the fabric by serging around each and every piece.
* Hand basting the lining to the jacket body, in preparation for the machine quilting.
* Sewing machine quilting lines, pressing after each line, and noticing how the lining and body fabric become like one.
* Playing with the beads that will eventually become the trim, and thinking about stitch options.

I’m keeping track of my hours, which are already more than I put into most garments. But I think I’m enjoying this garment more — I have nothing planned to wear the jacket to (may have to manufacture something), but I know that I will absolutely love this jacket every time I wear it.

This process has also re-awakened an interest in tailoring – so I will start planning a tailored jacket for fall, with the intention of enjoying that process too.

I’ve been sewing for over 30 years, but you can always learn to be better, so I’ve always sought out places to learn sewing. Thought I’d start listing a few of my favorite sources of learning.

I hope if people stumble on this blog, that you’ll add your favorite learning sources. Here are my favorite in-person and online sewing courses.

Seneca College, Toronto, Continuing Education courses for Fashion Certificate. I’ve taken a couple of the sewing courses, and have learned some interesting commercial methods. Most memorable is a lined skirt with back vent, where the lining is sewn to the vent and totally hides all raw edges. Have looked all over the place, and have never seen the technique explained anywhere else. Awesome! Great courses, I’ve enrolled in quite a few of the sewing courses and find them all extremely high quality. The Contemporary Couture Jacket is my first course, and I’m loving it. I purchased the Insider subscription, which gives me an electronic version of Threads magazine, plus all kinds of video’s and articles. NOthing better!

Will explore blogs in a further post.

Goal: Finish this Chanel Style Jacket before end of July.
Challenges: Work, work, work, plus some golf.

V7975Silk jacket 1 I’ve decided to use Vogue 7975 as my pattern for the Contemporary Couture Jacket project I’m doing through Angela Wolf is the instructor on the video’s for this course, and I’ve gone through them once, and am now starting my jacket. Angela is a great teacher, and I’m enjoying her video’s very much – I highly recommend the course.

Today I finished my toile, and adjusted the fit. I need to do a serious bust adjustment, and with an expensive jacket, I don’t want to skip a step as important as this. Good thing, I found although I did a lot of calculation and tissue fitting, you just don’t know until you put a garment on.

On to cutting! I will be interfacing all pieces, as this fabric is raw silk, and a fairly loose weave with low dimensional stability.

The lining is a simple solid silky fabric in a light aqua. Gives me lots of flexibility in creating a garment that can mix and match.

I’ve decided to do a two-piece sleeve on this jacket, much as I like Angela’s suggestion for a 3-piece sleeve which shows your trim to its best. This fabric will not take kindly to a seam running down the centre of the sleeve, so I’ll stick with a 2-piece sleeve.

I’ve also decided to do a beaded trim, but more on that later.

Golfshirt4Golfshirt1Golfshirt2Golfshirt3I’ve been on a golf shirt binge lately. As my figure changed with age (and too many goodies!) I found commercial golf shirts accentuated all my figure faults. So I decided to make some that fit my busty figure and camouflaged the things that made me uncomfortable – muffin top and headlights! I used a stretch knit readily available at local fabric stores and experimented with different collar styles: self fabric, contrasting fabric, and knit (I hand knit the collar as I can’t buy pre-made ones locally).

These shirts skim the body instead of clinging, and are nice and cool for hot and humid golf days, which we get here in Ontario.


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