Friday, September 11, 2009

A short introduction...

First things, first. It's been a few days now that I decided to take part to this fabulous Chanel SAL
and I still haven't introduce my self.
I am Marie-Noëlle LAFOSSE, 48, a french girl living in ROUEN, Normandy and very proud of my country.
I've always loved Haute-Couture and Mademoiselle CHANEL's creations in particular. This explained why I am so enthusiastic about this SAL.
As many of you have pointed out, sewing such a project takes a long time.
I still haven't made up my mind concerning the pattern I want. I am trying to find Claire Shaeffer's out of print couture jacket from Vogue, but it's no longer available in my size/16. I am particularly interested in the quilting techniques and the 3 pieces sleeves she uses.
So far I've found great sources and inspiration on this site and I want to thank all of you for sharing such great stuff.
I bought my fabrics. For the shell, I will use a very nice bouclé, as for thr lining I've chosen a gorgeous silk from my collection. Yes, i am a bit of a fabricohlic LOL.
I will share pics of both as soon as time allows.
For those of you who want to see very detailed shot of real Chanel garments, the MET

Home > Search > Works of Art > Collection Database > The Costume Institute
offers 279 zoomable and downloadable Chanel items. I spent most of yesterday's afternoon browsing it.
Now, I still haven't got a precise idea concerning the trim. But I like this very much.

As you can see, a silk ribbon (same as the one used for the lining) is inserted along the trim ending as very nice neck bow tie. I definitly love this idea but I don't know if I'll be able to make my dream come true.
More about it later on...


  1. This jacket looks really nice. I'll stay tuned and follow your work. I hope your dream will come true :)

  2. Marie-Noëlle, merci for the link to the Metropolitan's collection. That is a wonderful resource. I love the jacket you have chosen. Perhaps someone can trace a 3-piece sleeve for you? If I had that pattern I'd do it.

  3. I have a three piece sleeve! Would you like me to send it? Just drop me an email.

    I love the link. The possibilities are endless for Chanels!

  4. Thank you so much for the Met link. I had seen the Chanel exhibit in person when it was there several years ago and have the exhibit catalogue. However, seeing it in close up on the website is so much more useful...and inspiring.

  5. I would have love to see the Chanel exhibit.
    I've never seen a real Chanel garment