believe it or not, friends, but this is – technically – the first chanel-style jacket i ever contemplated making. a year before taking susan khalje’s french jacket course even entered my head, i began wondering if i could do one on my own.
the pattern is new look 6028 and the concept began with a simple idea: black, white, pink. it’s been so long ago i literally do not remember how or why i got so fixated on this color scheme: at this point it just is black, white, pink and i do not question it.
i found the fashion fabric first at the much-missed paron’s annex. i liked the price – half off – and i thought it would be a good “wearable muslin” until i worked up the courage to try a proper one.
i then spent some time at the “go chanel or go home” blog, originally set up as a group sew-along for inspired jacketeers, and i found one example that scared me stiff because i became convinced that my fate lay within. one of the participants did all of the work, the endless hours, and, because the weave of her fabric was so loose, the plaid drooped. can you imagine the heartbreak? i could, all to easily. i was absolutely certain that this would happen to me and determined first to block-fuse my fabric to avoid the issue.
naturally, this led to other issues of procrastination – i needed to get the right interfacing (fashion sewing supply pro-sheer elegance) – and then find a day off to do the block fusing, which never happened, so everything went into a bag until about a month before my second go at camp chanel.
just to recap my process – the actual construction process, not the long-winded wind up to get us there – i combined the “couture” method with the “shortcut” method as described in threads magazine issue #128. i thread-traced my pattern pieces, then fused each piece on its own (not including seam allowances). then i constructed the jacket and the lining by machine, leaving the shoulders on each free. i bagged out the lining and pinned everything in place for quilting.
i kept the trim simple, just an inch-wide beaded black, because i want this to be my “casual” jacket. i am fairly convinced that this, like everything else, will look awesome with my “han shot first” dolman for when i really want to tone it down!
i like the fit of the jacket body – snug and cropped – and i actually like the sleeves a lot even though they look a bit odd in these photos. and, as i’ve said before, my new hybridized couture-slash-shortcut method has netted me some of my best chanel-style construction to date.
i can hear you now: “wow, puu, that was exhaustive – and exhausting – and surely you are by now as bored of these as we are!”
sorry, friends. currently on the table:
for those who came in late:
you may or may not know that i have something of a compulsion when it comes to making “little french jackets.” here is my work thus far:
vogue 7975: seventy hours well spent
return to camp chanel: day two, day three; day four
forgive me, susan khalje, for i have sinned: “shortcut method” experiments
WIP updates: little (or long) french jackets
butterick 5952: cry hallelujah, it is finished
la coco, elle est terminee
bonus jacket: butterick 5952, shortcut style