Vogue 8804 – Chanel Style Jacket

27 Sep

It’s been awhile since I’ve had anything happening in the sewing room that I felt was blog-worthy.  Now, however, I have an EPIC project that I want to document and share.  It’s the new Claire Schaeffer, Chanel style jacket sans motorcycle helmut and leather gloves:

It’s an epic project because of the preparation and sewing techniques involved.  My goal is to greatly improve my sewing skills during the construction of this jacket.  Hope springs eternal.

I bought the fabric during a wild shopping moment in London.  Don’t ever go to Joel & Son unless you want to unload some cash!  It IS a wonderful fabric store, but I’m glad it isn’t located in my town!  The fabric is a beautiful pewter gray boucle with “Chanel” written all over the selvedge.  I don’t really know what that means, except that perhaps the fabric was made for Chanel?

I purchased the lining at this shop, as well.  It’s a gray stripe silk – a beautiful piece that will look perfect with the boucle.

It took several weeks to accumulate the notions and trims, especially the trims.  Here is what was needed:

I had to get silk thread in this exact, sort of odd gray color, silk buttonhole twist in the same color, 1/4″ cotton woven stay tape, gold chain, buttons, interfacing and trim.  Most of that had to be ordered online, since there were no stores in my area that carried these items.  For the trim, I took some of the fabric apart and made a braid.  I made two other braids with some lighter and darker mohair, then I plaited the three braids together.  If I use this braid, I will put a black petersham ribbon under it, since I can’t find a gray ribbon to match.

The other option for the trim, and one I am favoring at the moment, is to fringe the boucle and use that as the trim.  The fringe on the boucle is really pretty, as you can see in the picture, so that may be the one.

I have just finished cutting out and marking the boucle.  Here are the pieces:

Now I am ready to cut out the lining and interfacing.  I am a very slow sewist as it is.  This will take some time, and I intend to enjoy the process.

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15 Responses to “Vogue 8804 – Chanel Style Jacket”

  1. Ruth December 4, 2012 at 2:57 PM #

    This will be like a sew-a-long for us bot, but you are so much better organised than I am! I went to B&Q today to pick up 1.5m of nickel plated chain. Not that I’m ready for it but just knew I would need it someday in the future!
    Your fabric is gorgeous and I’m keen to watch your progress.

  2. Linda October 26, 2012 at 8:45 AM #

    I want to make one too, but will follow your journey first.

  3. Sharon September 29, 2012 at 2:56 PM #

    That looks so gorgeous and your beautiful work will be a wonder to see. I look forward to following your journey.

  4. Martha September 28, 2012 at 1:51 PM #

    This will be just lovely, Janis. The fabric and the lining are just perfect. I’ll enjoy watching your progress. I made last winter. Quite a journey.

    • Janis September 28, 2012 at 2:27 PM #

      Oh, I would love to see your version, Martha!

  5. Robin Denning September 28, 2012 at 4:02 AM #

    Janis it looks really enticing as you have it laid out. Looking forward to seeing next steps!
    I am sure it will be beautiful.

    • Janis September 28, 2012 at 2:26 PM #

      Thanks for the confidence, Robin.

  6. Carolyn September 28, 2012 at 3:54 AM #

    I love your braided trim. The elements that you’ve chosen to make your jacket are stunning. It will be a work of art when your done.

    • Janis September 28, 2012 at 2:25 PM #

      I am hoping for a work of art, Carolyn, but I’m fearing the trash can, lol.

  7. catherinedaze September 28, 2012 at 12:15 AM #

    Luscious fabric! It’s going to be beautiful.

    • Janis September 28, 2012 at 2:27 PM #

      Thank you, Catherine.

  8. lessalt September 27, 2012 at 1:09 PM #

    Janis,
    What lovely fabric and lining. You have embarked on an epic project and know you will turn out a beautiful jacket.

    • Janis September 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM #

      Leslie, it will be a long, slow process. I’m actually looking forward to a fall devoted to this project.

  9. Cheryl September 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM #

    Hi, what a nice project! And making the braid from the fabric is an excellent idea. But I’m curious as to how you took some fabric apart to make this braid. Could you find time to explain how you did this? Thank you………Cheryl in San Diego

    • Janis September 27, 2012 at 4:46 PM #

      Hi Cheryl,
      The boucle is very loosely woven, so I just carefully pulled each thread off the warp threads (the warp is what turns into fringe). The fabric is about 54″ wide, so if I was careful enough, I would have 54 inch lengths of thread. I tied them together (I wasn’t sure if just weaving them in would work) to make long strands. I was worried that the knots would show, but they don’t. The threads were quite thin, so I used three sets of three strands for each braid, if that makes sense. HTH

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