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.