Thursday, January 22, 2015

DIY oversized coat and neoprene dress

When it comes to investing in a great winter coat, you can never go wrong with an oversized coat worn with everything from dresses to sweat pants.  This coat  was made using a grey wool from that has unfortunately sold out but here are a couple alternative fabrics here and here and lined with a silk charmeuse.

The pattern used was Vogue V8862 view C  previously seen here, with the following alterations:

-Added 24" to the length
-Removed bottom half of coat seam
-Added 3" to length of sleeve
-Connected the top pattern piece to the neck piece to remove the seam
-Cut the back piece on fold to remove the back seam
-Added 8" to the neck for a more dramatic collar
-Added side seam pockets

The dress was made using my loved neoprene found here at  The pattern used was the bodice to McCalls M5927 view E with the following alterations:

-Cut a 6 1/2" curved V neck
-Removed the pockets
-Removed the back slit
-Added a 6" curved slit to skirt front
-Removed the rouching at the sleeve
-Added a 5" sleeve band

Booties- Brian Atwood

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

DIY Printed Skirt

A few years ago pretty much everything I wore was black, you could walk in my closet and a sea a black would hit you.  Since I started to sew, I have a new respect for fabric and an appreciation for color.  While at Mood I spotted this gorgeous Anna Sui fabric with all these bright amazing colors.  My intent was to make a wrap style cape but silly me I inadvertently cut the fabric and was reduced to a skirt.  Lucky for me has the fabric available online.  As beautiful as this fabric is, make sure you treat the can be an unravelling nightmare.

The coat was made last year here using a lush wool from Mood.

The pattern used for this skirt was Butterick B5285 view B with the following alterations:

-Opted for flat inverted pleats
-Added a 2" high waist
-Removed 6" from the hem
-Added seamed drop pockets

Shirt- Mens button up
Coat- DIY
Clutch- DIY
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Sewing room re-do

What seems like just yesterday I posted a DIY craft room makeover here then fast forward 9 months I became pregnant.  As much as I enjoyed sewing in that room due to it's proximity to our room, I had to give it up and convert it to our nursery.  Having my first "official" sewing room was great but as my sewing increased, it wasn't as functional as I would have liked so it all worked out perfectly.  I knew I was going to create a new sewing room and my office which after the sewing room I barely used, became my new space.

I made a departure from my normal earth tone colors and went stark white with a pop of yellow.  The white walls and floor provide perfect light and an airy  openness I absolutely love.  I pulled up the carpet and painted the plywood under the carpet with this Glidden floor paint which gives this space a perfect industrial feel.  To account for the space between the floor and the wall, I installed these quarter rounds and painted them white.   I used this Behr paint for the walls and a flat white ceiling paint.

Because this is a "true" office space, the room is a bit smaller but looks large because of the higher ceiling.  I wanted to take advantage of the height by adding open shelving instead of taking away space by installing cabinets and book shelves. To save money with shelving, instead of purchasing pre-cut shelving I purchased two of these 97"x49" particle boards for $36.15 and cut (6) 72"x10" and still had material to cut a 37"x 50" cutting board and (2) 25"x10" boards for thread and misc. with board to spare for future projects.  When purchasing this type of board, don't forget the iron on edge tape which gives your cut board a finished look.

The boxes under the cutting board was purchased at and house my patterns.
The yellow boxes were purchased at Ikea
The peg board which is a perfect inspiration board was a leftover from the old craft room.
In an effort to keep my thread organized, I placed screws partially in the board and spaced them out.

Before process.....

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

DIY Perfect cropped trousers

By now it's quite evident I'm in love with a great fitting pant.  One of the top questions when it comes to pants is always "How do I get a perfect fit?" The answer to this question always starts with a great fabric.  This medium weight wool twill from is simply perfect! It has the just the right amount of stretch and structure and were not going to even talk about how incredible the color is.  This is hands down one of the easiest fabrics to cut, sew and iron.

The pattern used for these pants is McCalls M6404 view A with the following pattern alterations:
-Removed the knee riding sections
-Removed 3" from the length of the  pattern
-Added 3" to the length of the waist
-Added a 9" side zipper
-Added a 3" ankle slit
-Added double welt pockets to the back

The top was made with a fabric I had in my stash using this vintage Vogue pattern 1424 view E with the following pattern alterations:
-Used the neck option to view C
-Removed the loop buttons and added regular buttons and button holes
-Removed the wrist cuffs and added elastic


Pants- DIY
Coat-Ann Taylor
Heels- Schutz
Bag- Cole Haan

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

DIY Ribbed velvet ankle zip trousers

In an effort to get rid of old fabric that's been collecting dust, I've made a ton of separates this month. When I pulled out this ribbed velvet I picked up from Joann's two years ago, I figured the only thing to be done with this is a pair of pants.  These pants were made using this McCalls M6404 pattern view A with the following pattern alterations:

-Removed the knee riding insert
-Added 4" to the length
-Added a 9" side zipper
-Added a 3" band at the ankle
-Added a 9" zipper at the ankle
-Added a 2.5" waist band

Pants- DIY
Top-vintage Oscar de la Renta
Heels- Schutz

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DIY Wool & Fur Coat

A few weeks ago I snagged this fantastic Marc Jacobs wool from  It's a heavy weight, double cloth wool that sews and cuts perfectly.  When I purchased the fabric, true to form I had no idea what I was going to make but knew it was going to be a coat.  When I pulled the fabric out the box and discovered how rich it looked, I instantly knew what I wanted to make.  I lined the coat with a charmeuse I had in my stash.

So putting to use a piece of a beautiful brown and cream fur cape I found last year at a thrift store, I knew it would make a perfect match.  Luckily for everyone, carries a variety of real and faux fur options.

The pattern used for this coat was Vogue V8841 with the following alterations:

-Added top stitched seams down the front of the coat by cutting the front pattern piece.
-Added 8" wide welted pockets and removed the side seam pocket option.
-Added a 3" belted loop around the sleeves.


Coat- DIY
Shades- Stella McCartney
Heels- Schutz

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Ask away!

Being a blogger opens up a portion of your life to the public.  The more popular you become the more questions people have.  Some things I'm open to discuss and some I will completely ignore.

I'm that person that loves to share information, have it be fashion, skincare, shopping tips, home decor etc I'm not of the mindset of not wanting to give away the goods.  If there is a way to empower someone, I'm all over that.  But on the flip side I have to keep aspects of my life to myself.

While taking a look at my blog analytics, I was in tears laughing so hard at some of the search keywords people have used, here are a few doozies :  Beaute Jadore  husbands job, Beaute Jadore plastic surgey and Beaute Jadore fake pregnancy which took the cake lol.

I also receive many emails ranging from sewing questions to skincare concerns.  I try very hard to answer questions but many do fall through the cracks.   In an effort to create a FAQ section I'm opening this post up to questions.  Feel free to ask the question in the comment section or email me at nikki@beautejadore.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

DIY herringbone pencil skirt and sweatshirt

Then there's that wool you love so much you make multiple looks out of it.  Being the lover of wool that I am, this wool from Mood is probably one of my all time favorites. I'm madly in love with the fact it's a rich fabric that provides structure with a slight stretch, making it a perfect choice for dresses, skirts, pants and jackets.

The skirt was made using my favorite self drafted pencil skirt found here with the following alterations:
-Added a 2" hem band

The top was made with this McCalls M6992  sweatshirt pattern view A with the following alterations:
-Added a back seam
-Added a 9" zipper down the back
-Removed 5" from the length
-Removed 1/2" from the back pattern at the neck
-Added 1 1/2" to the length of the sleeve
-Added 4" to the waist band

Skirt- DIY
Clutch-Bottega Venetta
Heels- Jean Michel Cazabat
Shades- Stella McCartney


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Friday, December 05, 2014

DIY Neoprene dress and sleeveless coat

Neoprene has seriously come a long way, gone are the days of only having the scuba look as a neoprene option.  I swear if I could scoop up every neoprene fabric available I would.  Outside of wool, this is my second favorite.  It cuts with ease, sews beautifully and is one of the only fabrics you can make a dress, shirt and coat out of and achieve a completely different look and feel.

This neoprene was picked up at Mood Fabrics in NY which now has a section of neoprene to swoon over.  This fabric has a cotton textured face which completely disguises the fact it's neoprene.  If you aren't able to make it to the store, just added every neoprene color imaginable.  I can already envision a great statement coat.

The coat was made using this wool fabric from

The pattern used for the dress is McCall's M5927 view E with the following alterations:

-Add 1 1/2" to the neck front
-Add 1" to the neck back
-Cut a 5" from the top seam on the front and back
-Added fit darts on the bodice back
-Removed the skirt darts
-Removed the pockets and Added a faced pouch
-Removed the back slit
-Removed the gathering from the sleeve wrists and added pleating at the sleeve shoulder

The coat was made using Burdastyle 12/2010 #101 with the following alterations:

-Add 6" to the length
-Add a 18" zipper to the front flaps
-Remove the sleeves and add a 1"band to the arm holes
-Add snap buttons

Dress: DIY
Booties: Gianvito Rossi
Bag: Cleo & Patek

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