Monday, August 17, 2009

Threads 121--Inside Secrets of a Chanel Jacket by Susan Khalje

I added the above article to the resource list in the sidebar. Both Claire Shaeffer and Susan Khalje have wonderful articles which describe the step by step Chanel-making process. The article in Threads #121 will be my number one "go-to" resource especially for quilting the lining and sewing the shell. Also, the article has a source guide for fabrics and trims. Along with a list of possible patterns.
Khalje talks about the Chanel-isms such as the chains for the hem and gives great suggestions like adding the trim to the pockets before sewing them to the shell.

And again, the step 1, step 2, etc. helps a newbie like me. Also, there are pictures for the visual learner!
Yesterday Dawn wrote a helpful post talking about another great article in the Threads' book, Great Sewn Clothes, by Claire Shaeffer. I recently acquired it "used" from Amazon. It is written in a very similar manner as the Threads 121 article. Claire Shaeffer, like Susan Khalje, has written a great "how-to" guide for making a Chanel inspired jacket. One thing which Shaeffer talks about in length is the trim. She, also, describes how to use the lining as a piping around the jacket. Another little touch that I just might add!
Are there any other articles, books, or DVDs which aren't listed in the sidebar that you feel should be added? Let us know.


  1. wow Cindy sounds like you are going all out on this! You're going to do that Linton tweed proud.

    I'm really looking forward to being an armchair seamstress on your journey .. all that intricate work, so much easier to admire when you are not doing it yourself.

  2. Thanks for this article!!! I may have to track it down.

  3. This is a great resource. Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. I have to check & make sure I have this issue. It looks great! Thanks for bringing to our attention.

  5. Cindy, the article that I'll be referring to is called "Shortcuts to a Designer Jacket" from Threads #128. It's the lazy girl's version of the article you posted. :)