Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I ALWAYS KNEW
that I would make another Chanel-style jacket! I'm Elizabeth and this will be my second french jacket. Last fall I took Susan Khalje's jacket class and was hooked. I throughly enjoyed the process and felt oh so special whenever I wore my one-of-a-kind couture jacket. I wanted to make another one so that I could perfect the skills and techniques I learned. Jacket 1 is an investment of over 100 hours but worth every minute. I will use my existing self-drafted muslin with a few design changes - perhaps a v neckline and three quarter length sleeves. This will save quite alot of time and will assure a good fit.
For jacket #2 I am planning to use this boucle I just purchased on a recent trip to Nashville. (When in Nashville don't, whatever you do, DON'T miss Textile Fabrics!) It is a mix of pink, brown, gray, camel and silver metallic yarns and lighter weight than jacket 1. I have started my search for the perfect print for the lining and trims. Although a print lining doesn't showcase all the quilting it can hide anything that is less than perfect. I made my trim for jacket 1 by using a combination of braid, yarn and beads. This time I'm thinking maybe, fringe or ruffles or........... who knows what.