Archives for the month of: January, 2014
Ready for more snow!

Ready for more snow! by melaniemac featuring ASOS

Toast slim jacket
$1,305 –

Moncler thermal pants
$720 –

UGG Australia boots
$140 –

ASOS hat


It can be very tricky to figure out what type of clothes you need in your closet.  And if you’re transitioning from formal to informal job, or from working to retirement, it can get even trickier as you’re starting from scratch.  Rather than taking a random approach, it can be very gratifying to plan your wardrobe, then populate it with higher quality clothing that will give you lots of great options. A “capsule” wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that will not go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be updated with seasonal pieces.

Here’s an Excel 2010 spreadsheet I created that walks you through defining your activities, and calculates how many capsule wardrobes you might need.  Comments would be appreciated!

Wardrobe planning

No Ready to WearI’ve joined over 200 other women in a Ready to Wear Fast, administered by the very talented Sarah at Goodbye Valentino.  This means I will not purchase any ready to wear clothing for the next 12 months – nada, nyet, zip, zilch!  Oh, except for undies, unless I get really motivated.

I’m sure everyone has reasons for deciding not to purchase RTW clothing.  For me, it started because I can’t find anything to fit, which I think is common for many of us.  I don’t fit Misses or Plus size:  maybe what I need is Meno-size to accommodate the measurements that shift to the strangest places :-).

The big advantage to custom clothing is that it fits – and there’s nothing that slims you down and makes you look put together more than well-fitting clothing. And with my continuing schooling in sewing, pattern making and fashion design, I am learning how to make clothing that looks as good, or better than RTW.

What’s on tap?

For January, my goal is to finish at least 1 coat, 1 pair jeans and a couple of tops.


Things I make and holidays we take

My Love Affair With Sewing

Sharing My Passion For Creating My Own Clothes

Curvy Sewing Collective

A Plus Size Sewing Community

Fringe Association

Knitting ideas, inspiration and free patterns, plus crochet, weaving, and more

Lifting My Spirits

A lifelong dream deferred no longer- transformation from fat chick to bodybuilder after age 50.

Sew Ve Style

D.I.Y. Fashion & Lifestyle


Making Life more Beautiful

The Overflowing Stash

...320 and counting

Sewing Tidbits

Handmade Style Files, since 2013

Creatieve Mie

Een praatje over naaien,breien,lezen en mijn leven als moeder van tienerzonen

Custom Style

Sewing that's Retro, Geek, and Chic

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

Addicted to sewing since the 70's! Enjoying a RTW FAST since 2015! Creator of "DESIGNIN' DECEMBER!" In a few words, I want to try everything, learn everything and talk about it with you!

Jet Set Sewing

Recreating Designer Looks from the 20s to the 70s

Adventures in wine and wine travel

Travel adventures with golf and wine.

Articulate Resources

Freelance Writing Services