I just finished reading the article The Comfortable Side of Couture: Practical Techniques of Coco Chanel in the out of print book Great Sewn Clothes from Threads Magazine. Great article. I'm looking forward to the rest of the book.
Was I ever under a misconception. For some reason, because Chanel's garments were different than the norm at her time I guess, I had imagined them as less labour intensive and quite possibly they were compared to other garments at that time. However, I must have been comparing to the present. After reading this article, the 100-200+ hours that some of you have mentioned is starting to make sense - a LOT of handwork.
I'm enjoying learning more about Chanel. Now, along with contemplating my pattern and fabric choices and how I want to be inspired by Chanel, I'm also debating how to get the look I want without quite that much work. I wonder how Chanel would construct a garment in today's sewing world? Intriguing question.