Hi Everyone!! Great News! I came across an opportunity that I thought would be fun to share with all of you. As I work my way through this year, it has been a personal goal of mine to try as many new things as possible. Yesterday, through the Red Point Tailor’s blog, I became aware of a Sew-along that will be starting soon to construct a Chanel Inspired Jacket!!
To add yet another level of excitement to this Sew-along, the Prominent Couturier Susan Khalje of The Couture Sewing School will be consulting on this Sew-along. Susan teaches an intense course on the Classic French Jacket which is six days of training to create a Haute Couture version of this jacket. Sounds like a dream to me to be able to attend one of her intense courses and learn the Haute Couture methods she teaches. Susan also offers a class on Craftsy called The Couture Dress. All of her courses have rave reviews and are enjoyed by her attendees whether it be in person or virtual.
Even though I’ve been in the garment industry for years and years at a couture level, my expertise has been mainly in the Bridal/Evening wear realm. This is the perfect opportunity for me to expand my knowledge of the construction methods involved in this Little French Jacket project!! I hope some of you will be jumping on board as well. I will be blogging about my progress as we Sew-along to share my trials and tribulations. Luckily, I LOVE hand sewing and welcome the chance to hone my skills.
This is the fabric I’ve tentatively selected for my jacket. I was drawn to it because every color is represented in some way with a touch of gold Lurex. It will always remain a versatile piece in my wardrobe. I haven’t selected any of my trims or my lining yet, but have been enjoying researching all my options. Thewallina has posted a schedule for this Sew-along and also compiled a list of supplies and resources needed for you to check out. I’ve also started a Pinterest Board, “Chanel Jacket Inspiration” to compile my ideas and for you to get inspiration from as well. The wonderful thing about making this kind of a jacket is that you can personalize it to your taste, most flattering silhouette for you, and add all the details you desire. You can add a collar, pockets, and trims to Strike Your Fancy just as I will be doing. I love that this jacket will never go out of style and I can wear it as casually as I choose. Be your own designers and come up with a “look” to suit yourself perfectly.
One of the things that gives these jackets their unmistakable appeal are the trimmings used to embellish them. The skies the limit when adding details. Some jackets have pockets, piping, frayed trim, zippers, and buttons. There’s no wrong or right to how you’d like to personalize your jacket.