as i mentioned yesterday, it’s FINISHED!
back in june, i began this journey at camp chanel. making a chanel-style jacket was a sewing milestone i was determined to reach. i also had some very specific goals, design wise: i wanted a fitted, contoured and cropped look instead of the more traditional cardigan box. i thought these modifications would help me get a more modern, youthful vibe.
working with this photo taped to the wall next to my sewing machine, i set out to achieve exactly that.
i was especially happy with the three-piece sleeve. there is a subtle curve in the undersleeve that gives it an added couture look, i think.
i conquered the dreaded quilting…
and the fearsome sleeve lining.
and i love my pucci lining fabric.
the chain makes a real difference in the weight of the hem – obviously, since that is why it is there – but also looks super-cool.
- camp chanel recap, day one
- camp chanel recap continued
- camp chanel yet again
- camp chanel, nearly finished
classic princess-seam cardigan jacket with no center front overlap. original pattern comes with a two-piece sleeve; can be redrafted to a three-piece sleeve or substituted for same for a more couture look.
i started with a size 10 but had it fitted twice through muslins.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
yes, the pattern envelope gives you a good idea of the possibilities and potential final product.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
i used the instructions from taking susan khalje’s french jacket class instead of the vogue instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
this pattern is a brilliant blank slate if you want a chanel-style jacket in your repertoire, and is definitely TNT if you plan on making more than one.
chanel wool boucle from mendel-goldberg in NYC.
pucci lining from mood fabrics in NYC.
chanel-style cornelia brooch from M&J trim in NYC.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
i redrafted the pattern hem to accommodate the cropped, curved hem i was going for. i also replaced the two-piece sleeve with a three-piece sleeve and added additional shaping along the waist by intensifying the princess curve.
i constructed most of it by hand, following susan’s instructions, and quilted the lining to the fashion fabric. the sleeves are hand-sewn, as is the lining, hem, trim and hem chain.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
yes, this is staying in my pattern library for many, many, many more jackets.
i couldn’t be happier. seventy hours well-spent!