The time has FINALLY come!! The “Little French Jacket” Sew-along has begun!! Of course I’m talking about making my version of the Iconic Chanel Jacket. If you missed my earlier post with all the Sew-along specifics, please check it out “New Adventure ~ Two Birds One Stone”. All the links are included to the Sew-along hosted by Inna from Thewallinna and Leisa from A Challenging Sew. The Prominent Couturier, Susan Khalje will also be mentoring along the way during this Sew-along.
I’m very excited to get going on this iconic piece and join in on the Sew-along!! I just finished doing a labor intensive lined jacket to sort of prepare myself for this project. Although, My Version of the “Marin” didn’t take 70 hours to complete, it did take a bit of time.
This is the pattern I finally decided to use as a basis for my jacket. It’s Vogue #7975 and it’s a pattern that’s currently available. I wanted my jacket to be fairly straightforward since this will be my first experience making this kind of jacket. No collar on this jacket, just the simple Chic lines of the original Chanel Jacket.
I plan to wear my jacket super casual with a simple top and jeans. I love that style. I’m not the fussy, matchy, matchy type. I will probably throw on some chunky strands of pearls just for giggles.
This is the fabric I’m planning to use for my jacket. I love that it has every color of the rainbow included. My lining is still a mystery. I just haven’t found anything yet that Strikes My Fancy. I may just go with a solid black Charmeuse for this go around. I’ve also auditioned several trims, but nothing has really grabbed me either. I think I may end up having the jacket somewhat constructed to select the right trim to. I’m also considering making my own from the jacket fabric as well as adding other embellishments.
Please read Thewallinna’s Sew-along Part 1: Muslin blog post with all the information needed to get started with your jacket muslin for participating in this Sew-along. It’s full of pictures detailing her jacket fitting process. If you need instruction on the fitting process, check out my Free Pattern Fitting Series. It guides you through the process of measuring all the way to making your own TNT pattern.
I hope if the idea of making your own Chanel Inspired Jacket intrigues you, you’ll consider jumping aboard with us on the LFJ Sew-along!! Have a Happy Creative Day!!