Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Note from Claire Shaeffer

Claire Shaeffer, popular author of many books on couture sewing techniques and all-around sewing rock star, found our team blog and sent the following email last night:


I just finished teaching a 2-day workshop in Anchorage on Chanel. Here are some resources you might find useful:
  • 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
Happy sewing,


I'll add these resources in a box in the sidebar shortly so you can access the links without having to dig for this post in the future. :)


  1. This is really, really great! I have been planning on getting that Couture Sewing book for ages. Maybe I can get it before I start my jacket. Thanks Antoinette!

  2. the Couture Sewing books is one of my favorites!

  3. How very nice of Claire Shaeffer to write this. I love her books and often refer to them and immediately browsed for the "Great sewn clothes from Threads" and bought it through Alibris (and couldn't resist to buy some other sewing books).

  4. Here's the link to the CD Claire mentions: Behind the Seams—The Shaeffer Collection Volume One: CHANEL