Monday, September 14, 2009

What have I gotten myself into?

Hi. My name is Kathy and I've been quietly following this blog for a couple months now. I knew I wanted to make a jacket (or three) this fall, but I wasn't sure I wanted a chanel jacket. After seeing the variety of styles people are making though I thought I would jump in.

Here's the picture that inspired my "chanel-ish" jacket:

(Image from I steal a lot of ideas from here.) The version I'm thinking of will have a small standing collar and lose the pleated sleeve caps. Here's a sketch of what I am thinking of and a picture of the fabric I chose:

Where I'm getting myself into trouble is figuring out the pattern. Since I had already gone to the trouble of fitting a jacket pattern (V8541)

and the length and shape (I thought) were similar to this one, I thought I would just change the darts to princess seams and save myself some time.

It hasn't turned out that way. I've made three different muslins. The new muslin is much more fitted than the jacket I started with but I think I'm finally happy with the shape. I plan to move the front seams in just 1/4" inch so the top-stitching will lie where the seam is now. And I'm still a little unsure of where to put the waistline. Do you think it should be higher than shown here? (Sorry it's just a pencil line on the front. It may be hard to see.)

More gory details about fitting (and my geeky thoughts about it) are on my blog.


  1. Love the inspiration and your fabric choice. In regards to the waist, from the front it looks good but from the back it looks as if it could go up a bit. Just my initial reaction...who knows!

  2. Looks great. For the waist - I think it should be slightly higher as well. In the picture there appears to be a little bump or line just above the back waist seam that might be the good level. You could try pinning a tuck all around.

    - Myrna

  3. I love the design and fabric. It's a little hard to see in the photo, but it looks like the waist needs to go up a bit. How comfortable is it to you? I agree that pinning a tuck would help you decide.