Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DIY Wool & Fur Coat

A few weeks ago I snagged this fantastic Marc Jacobs wool from moodfabrics.com.  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,  Moodfabrics.com 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, moodfabrics.com just added every neoprene color imaginable.  I can already envision a great statement coat.

The coat was made using this wool fabric from moodfabrics.com

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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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

DIY Bright yellow statement coat

If you follow my blog in the winter, you know I love love love coats and what's more amazing than a yellow statement coat!

A couple of weeks ago I was craving an in-store Mood fix and decided to take a quick trip to New York.  If you have never been to Mood Fabrics NY you are truly missing out.  Just imagine three floors of wall to wall designer fabrics and notions that if you are a lover of fabrics like me, the moment you exit the elevator feels like you entered heaven.  I'm not kidding you, endorphins are released and a feeling of euphoria falls over you.  Unfortunately I created a monster because I'm already planning my monthly fabric trip to Mood.

I had been searching high and low for a beautiful bright yellow wool so while sauntering down the wool isle I instantly fell in love with this medium weight bright yellow amazing fabric.  If you are unable to make it to the store, online has some equally great wool options.

This coat was made using this bell coat from Burdastyle with the following alterations:
-Removed the snap button options
-Added a flexible interfacing in the front facing to allow the ends to flap over

I lined the coat with a polyester satin that was also picked up at Mood NY.

Coat-DIY Burdastyle 11/2013 #116
Heels-Manolo Blahnik
Bag- Banana Republic

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Friday, November 21, 2014

DIY Perfect print coat

I'm generally not a fan of printed coats, but I recently started watching the new reality show House of DVF and found myself mesmerized by all the color and prints.  So when I found this DVF print on moodfabrics.com which was a dead ringer for one I spotted on the show, I had to get it.

The pattern used for this coat was my beloved Vogue V8840 shirt pattern which has appeared in my last three fashion posts here here and here with the following pattern alterations:

-Added 14" to the length
-Added 1" to the back shoulders
-Added 1" to the height of the neck
-Added 1" to the left and right side seams
-Added a 5"x41" front facing
-Added 3" to the length of the sleeves
-Added a 2"x18" leather band at sleeve
-Added 2 1.5" snap buttons

I chose to simply serge the edges instead of lining, but I'm considering adding a removable lining.

Coat-DIY-Vogue V8840
Sweater-DIY-Vogue V8840
Skirt-DIY- Butterick B5285
Heels-Giuseppe Zanotti
Clutch-Botttega Venetta

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

DIY camel coat and red dress

One of the number one sewing questions I get from beginners is What pattern do you recommend? My number one answer is always Vogue 8840 view A, it's a pattern with only two pieces and insanely simple but yet very versatile and because I'm a fan of clean lines, this is right up my alley. This was one of the first patterns I ever purchased and have made everything from dresses to sweaters, crop tops and now coats.

This dress was made using this heavy weight ponte from moodfabrics.com
This jacket was made using a camel angora wool by Theory from moodfabrics.com with product number #304878

The pattern used for the dress was Butterick B6094 with the following alterations:

-Did not use a contrasting facing for the bodice
-Removed the back flaps and button option on the bodice and replaced with a 24" zipper down the back.
-Added a 2" hem band

The pattern used for the jacket is Vogue 8840 shirt pattern with the following alterations:

-Added 10" to the length
-Added 8" to the length of the sleeves
-Cut the front neck and a 3" gradual angle and front faced the edges
-Top stitch the back seam

Heels-Jimmy Choo

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

DIY Diaper bag

When I started the process of searching for a diaper bag, I knew exactly what I wanted.  It had to be a neutral color so my husband could also carry it and not be subjected to walking around with a bright pink bag.  I didn't want compartments on the outside of the bag, I wanted leather and I would prefer if it didn't necessarily look like a diaper bag.  It needed to be quality and I didn't want to spend an arm and a leg.  One month in, I knew finding everything on my list would be close to impossible so I decided to make one myself.

I used Simplicity 1387 view A for this bag, with the following alterations:
-Lined the inside with satin and mesh for stability.  Made five pockets and storage spaces (failed to take a pic of the inside)
-Double stitched the seams separating the leather from the canvas
-Changed the positioning, length and width of the straps
-Added a decorative closure by making a 6x2 pull tab on each side and attaching a brass cast ring and spring snap
-Added an embossed stamp to personalize it a bit more
-Added a leather band around the top of the bag

The fabric used was this heavy weight cotton canvas from moodfabrics.com and heavy weight lambskin undyed leather from Tandy.  The leather and canvas was dyed using Fiebings leather dye in Cordovan

The hardware used was this 2" brass cast ring
                                       this spring snap

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Monday, November 03, 2014

DIY little red dress

My version of the little black dress is the little red dress despite my love of the color black.  I'm one of those people that purchase 99% of my fabric online, so the need to touch and feel the fabric isn't necessary.  I have a good understanding of how a fabric responds based on the content which Mood Fabrics does a great job of accurately describing. This dress was made using this wool from Moodfabrics.com which is perfect.  It's med/hvy weight, sews nicely and in addition to a great dress, it would make a great pair of trousers.

This dress was made using this Vogue V8840 pattern which has made so many alteration appearances based on the fact this simple two piece pattern as plain as it is, has endless possibilities.  The alterations made to this pattern were as follows:

-Added 6" to the length of the pattern
-Added 1" to the height of the neck in the front only
-Added a 3" v-cut in the neck
-Added a 4.5" keyhole to back of the neck
-Added 1" to the width of the front and back pattern piece
-Added 5" to the length of the sleeve
-Added a 2" band to the hem
-Added a bell sleeve by cutting a piece of fabric 16" wide x 26" long, fold the fabric in half, sew the ends together and add to the sleeve by pleating.

Dress: DIY
Boots: Shutz
Clutch: Fendi

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