|If you want to sew along, this is the first issue of Vogue Patterns to get, June/July 2012.|
I’m going to embark on a little couture journey this summer. My mother alerted me to the fact that the June/July 2012 issue of Vogue Patterns featured the first of a six-part series about making a Chanel-like jacket, written by Claire Shaeffer, one of my favorite fashion sewing writers, so I knew I had to check it out. I went to the bookstore and had a look at the article, then went home and had a meeting with myself. Do I really, really, have time to work on a Chanel jacket, with all the muslin-making, quilting, hand-sewing, and potential for do-it-yourself heartbreak?
|The article by Claire Shaeffer. Love the picture of Coco at work!|
Then I went through all of my other regular excuses besides the time issue—no space to sew, any jacket I make can never be the real thing, I don’t have enough sewing experience, it might turn out crappy (and on and on and on)—and realize that I am sick of all of them. I think maybe a challenge is exactly what I need right now and I hope by taking on something as iconic as a jacket like those produced by the House of Chanel, I will learn something new about myself—and possibly Coco herself—in the process.
So I went back to the bookstore, bought the magazine, ordered the pattern (V8804) and decided to go for it.
|My jacket will be black or midnight blue.|
Please understand, Dear Reader, that I do not promise to not buy an honest-to-God Chanel jacket at some point in my fashion-collecting life. It will be vintage and it will be wonderful. In the meantime, I am going to learn the secrets of making one and will share with you whatever I discover.
Next up next week: notes on the pattern. Until then, here are three recent Chanel jackets I loved, all from the Resort 2012 collection.
|I love the collar and shoulders on this lavender jacket.|
|I'm normally not a fan of yellow but I adore this fabric in this color.|
|I wish I could wear this jacket on the 4th of July!|