Friday, July 31, 2009
So first is design - on the Chanel.com site is the Winter 09/10 collection and there's this:I love this jacket - I love everything about it, but wonder if it will suit for a Chanel styled jacket - the quilting, the whole feel of the jacket. So I also find this...in black my fav classic color and of course hard to see, but I like the body style of this, and love the collar of the first, so this will be my design....
So this is my line drawing I'll work with....buttoned to waist, longer sleeves, probably a "kissy" type closure (where CF meets but doesn't overlap), stand up and stand away collar, no rounded extended shoulders (like the top design), and fairly classic, as these are meant to last.
Next fabric.... (and these are with my iPhone so they're not the best!) Although I can't take the time for a trip to NY to get fabric for this, I can trek to Dallas for the day and visit my favorite haunt there, Fabrique. If you're in the Southern Plains area, this is well worth a trip to visit. The girls there are so accommodating and willing to please, that I've rarely been disappointed. This is where I got the fabric for my muse's wedding and I do love their wares!
And although this looks like a Pucci accident, it really is fabulous....and maybe a slight redo in the design, as I love this print and may use part of it as binding for the jacket. And I love the black tweed, although it's hard to see in this picture, but wanted something relatively plain so that I could have the freedom to quilt the pattern of the lining or just whatever and got that. I also loved the colors in the lining/charmeuse as although the gray isn't in my family of colors, everything else is.
Here's another pic to show more of the tweed:
As far as the trim, it is fairly nondescript, as I will probably visit a fabulous shop in the historical capital city of my fair state, Sealed with a Kiss - they have killer yarns, and I will probably get something to tone with that yellow/beige to weave into the trim - at least that's Plan A! As far as buttons, I have two sets of Chanel buttons in my collection, so I will wait and see where I am...maybe a faux trip to NY to M & J via the net!
On the one hand, I love this red Chanel jacket from the 2008/09 Paris-Moscou collection with its cleverly placed trim:
On the other hand, I could use a cream-colored version of this jacket below (sort of the reverse of this faux-Chanel jacket I made last winter):
Read this New York Times article where T fashion director Anne Christensen defends paying $4,710 for a Chanel jacket. (photo also from The New York Times)
I also have this fabulous metallic bouclé I bought at Mood Fabrics last month that I'd love to do something nifty with. Arrgghh! So many options.
At any rate, nothing will get done in August, other than possibly making a jacket muslin for Susan Khalje and Kenneth King to critique in the class I am taking with them in four weeks. In September I'll start to get serious. Many thanks to Cindy and Antoinette for organizing this sew-along!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Since I've seen such beautiful Chanel-style jackets being made by several talented seamstresses, I've been longing to make one. This sew along will hopefully get me started. Though not right now, as I'll be away for a few weeks in August. I won't start before September.
Enough time to consider whether to use the classic way as described by Claire Shaeffer in her book "Couture sewing details" which I read again yesterday. This technique is also described in Threads no. 121 by Susan Khalje, which I bought last year through Ebay. It's not available from Taunton press anymore.
A more RTW approach is in Threads no 128 from January 2007 "make the jacket in just 15 hours, and then you have time to do some elaborate embellishments".
In any case: I will probably make a rather simple, short jacket style, and don't have a pattern yet. But certainly I will find something appropriate in my stack of BWOF/Knip Mode/Patrones issues. Then the first thing will be to make a muslin.
Looking forward to this fun sew along.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
- Vogue 8259; the guide is based on techniques used on a couture Chanel in my collection.
- Vogue 8369--just a nice design
- Behind the Seams: Chanel --a cd with info and photos of 20 couture Chanels in my collection; some ready-to-wear, knock-offs, and inspirations. 800+ photos; Some of my suits are in poor condition and the linings have been removed.
- Couture Sewing Techniques--there is a section on Chanel jackets.
- Great Sewn Clothes from Threads --reprint of first article on Chanel construction. Most workshops are based on this article.
- I also wrote several articles for Australian Stitches
- Chanel and That Suit--workshop in Palm Springs, CA
My name is Ana. I am from Belgrade, Serbia. I am not a blog writer, but some of you might know me from Burdastyle, as AnaJan.
When I first saw an announcement for this sew along, I had Lindsay's Chanel-Style coat on my mind. I loved it, and I thought of making something similar myself. Now I see Lindsay's participating in this sew along as well :).
I started browsing through my BWOF collection (I am a Burda girl) and found several interesting patterns. Here are my picks:
I would probably alter the collar on this one and change it to a mandarin collar. Also, I think I would change the pockets.
I have some beautiful pale purple boucle with discreet golden threads in my stash. I think some dark purple embellishment would work fine with it.
In case I opt for this model, I'd have to buy a fabric, probably in the same color as on the picture.
Knowing me, I'll change my mind several times before making a final decision on pattern choice. And, I'll probably look for some more interesting patterns, so this is not a final list.
I will be quiet in the following 2 weeks, since I go on a vacation, but I'll try to follow your posts.
See you soon!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009