The General Chat
Turns out, a Chanel knock off jacket is my thing! This jacket is just so darned comfortable and flattering, I plan to wear it to death on all possible occasions. Here are a few more pics:
|I think it adds a formal touch to an outfit that might otherwise be too casual.|
|Of course, pearls and heels help too!|
The Sewing Details
|I lined the inside with China silk which was light and translucent.|
The pattern does not call for any shoulder pads, but, when I tried on the jacket, the arms collapsed and looked awful. I didn't want to bulk the jacket out because I wanted it to remain, soft, light, and comfortable. So, I took some thin, about 1/8 thick, leftover quilt wadding and made some very thin shoulder pads/sleeve heads. This seems to be just enough to help it hold its shape without bulking up.
I bagged out the lining, and it went pretty well this time. I am still at a bit of a loss about how to handle the area where the front facings, hem and lining all come together. I read lots of different tips from multiple sources, but I still don't have it straight. Practice, practice, practice.
|Burda Line Drawing|
So far, I haven't been tempted to try to sew a "proper" Chanel style jacket. Too much work. Too intimidating.
But, I will say that the Chanel jackets I looked at in Heathrow airport a few years ago, were all made more or less like this one. They were not quilted. They were merely lined with very thin, see-through, china silk. It was summer time then, and I imagine this was to keep them light, cool and comfortable. You could see through the lining to seam allowances and the back side of the tweed fabric.
So, that makes me feel a little better about more own effort.