Archives for the month of: August, 2013
A month's worth of work wear

A month’s worth of work wear by melaniemac featuring a khaki blazer

Etro green top
$625 –

Wallis cropped blazer

Joie suede skirt
$260 –

Wallis black pencil skirt

Boot cut jeans
$15 –

Givenchy black leather shoes
$330 –


I was anxious to get started on my beautiful chartreuse stretch cotton sateen blazer – so anxious that I pattern fit and cut the fabric without a toile. My bad!
I used Simplicity 2446, which has princess seams that go up through the shoulder. This pattern fits everywhere except around the shoulder and arm (think big shoulder pads). The shoulder extends out quite a bit, and there are wrinkles all around the arm as well as the underarm. Plus the sleeve cap didn’t sit nicely in the arm. I couldn’t for the life of me adjust to my satisfaction, even though the pattern provides 1″ seam allowances. With a wool tweed I might have got away with some mis-fitting, but the cotton sateen just accentuates problems.

So I’ve decided to re-cut using Vogue 8087, which is a Claire Shaeffer pattern. When I measured the shoulders on the 2 patterns, the Simplicity shoulder measurement is 6 1/2 while the Vogue is about 5 3/4. Hopefully this pattern will fit better – before I re-cut, I will do a toile to ensure the fit.

Lesson? Always do a fitting shell on pieces that matter.

Over at the Stitchers Guild Sewing Forum, lots of us are committing to a 6-PAC – a 6 piece autumn collection, which is running from August to October. I’ve decided to focus on a chartreuse stretch cotton blazer with a few pieces to coordinate with it.

Fall 2013 6-PAC

The rawhide faux suede jacket is almost finished: it just languished in the unfinished pile from last winter. And the chartreuse blazer will give way to the woven wool blazer in November.

There are a lot of really talented people out there thinking and writing about how to create a coordinated wardrobe. A big benefit is that you never have “nothing to wear” and always look put together. A good keyword to search on would be “Capsule Wardrobe”. Check out Imogen Lamport’s web site at – she offers a 5 step formula to a fabulous wardrobe, which is a great place to start. And I love Diana Pemberton-Sikes products and blog – she really has intelligent wardrobe and fashion down to a science. I’ve got many of her products and would highly recommend them.

Fall is such a great time to dream up a new wardrobe. Time to take a glass of wine to the patio and do some dreaming!

My Chanel Style Jacket is Finished!


Jacket2Finally finished! Very enjoyable project, and I’d like to do more like this. The jacket itself is like a Chanel jacket, in that it feels a bit like wearing a cardigan versus a structured blazer.

I love the beaded trim. But I found that only one row of beads was necessary – I think any more might have overwhelmed the jacket. Would have been different if I had built the trim up with additional fabric and fringe, but this version is very simple.

One thing I did that I’m really happy about is that I made a self-facing on the front the same width as the hem, so I could mitre the bottom corner. Made a nice clean finish. I did run the lining about 1/4 inch away from the finished edges, but I still like that everything is clean, with no serged edge peaking out anywhere.

Trying to find something suitable to put a very small weight in the bottom front – it’s the only place that needs a bit of weight. Maybe a washer or something – local fabric store had nothing. Will just unpick things a bit and tuck the weight in (in it’s own little covering of course).

Now, to find somewhere to wear this!

Orange plaid skirt V2.0

Orange plaid skirt V2.0 by melaniemac featuring spike heel pumps

Poem sleeved t shirt
$46 –

By Malene Birger zip jacket
$835 –

Alberta Ferretti high waisted skirt
$345 –


J by Jasper Conran hoop earrings
$9.20 –


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