Thursday, June 14, 2012

DIY Chanel Jacket: The Idea

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!

17 comments:

SACRAMENTO said...

This is a true adventure, Jill, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh I wish you the best of luck!!!
I am trying to get blogs together, just for the one time, and because I like trying new things, lol.
Will you joi???
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Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

You can do this Jill!! I can't wait to see it! I look at some of the tiny spaces the Project Runway finalists work in and know that you can overcome the space issue...how much fun. I really wish I could sew!

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hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Mother used to clear off the dining room table and sew well into the night when we were young.
You can make this jacket and it will be amazing!

I have two Chanel-esque jackets and hope one day to have the real thing, vintage of course....

I am looking forward to seeing your finished jacket!

V.O. said...

My hat is off to you, and I'm sending all the best of luck for a wonderful experience. You are so brave -- I have always wanted to try this but didn't have the guts. I'm looking forward to a full report. You rock.

Terri said...

What an exciting challenge this will be. Perhaps you could do an occasional post on your project--in stages of course, to help you keep on track with the project.

gracefully50.com said...

I'm in love with the yellow suit! Wow!
Can't wait to see how your jacket turns out!

Have a great weekend!

janew40 said...

I hope that you'll post your progress! I'd love to see some of your creations.

Linda said...

What lovely comments and great encouragement for you! This is a great project and you will definitely learn a lot. I may work along with you...maybe. Have fun! Mom

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Hang T. Tran said...

You can do it Jill! Can't wait to see you in your new achievement.
I wish I have more time to make something new too.
Btw, I'm be happy to be a part of your July series Jill ^_^

Have a nice weekend!
xxx
Hang

Hang T. Tran said...

You can do it Jill! Can't wait to see you in your new achievement.
I wish I have more time to make something new too.
Btw, I'm be happy to be a part of your July series Jill ^_^

Have a nice weekend!
xxx
Hang

Hang T. Tran said...

You can do it Jill! Can't wait to see you in your new achievement.
I wish I have more time to make something new too.
Btw, I'm be happy to be a part of your July series Jill ^_^

Have a nice weekend!
xxx
Hang

Rebekah Bonde said...

I am impressed with your chutzpah to just do it! I've been sewing for a while off-and-on (my mother was a sewer and taught me), and I've never attempted a jacket. Do keep us up to date - if nothing else, the experience dramatically increases your appreciation for well-made clothes, and you may end up becoming a construction snob whenever you do have to pay full retail for an item.

jill815 said...

Ladies, thank you for all your kind comments. I'm excited to start this project and will keep you up to date on my progress, good or bad! XO, Jill

Anonymous said...

I'm planning on making one too, so I do hope you have continued to write about your journey. I'm searching for the perfect boucle now, but our town has such limited shopping. I will have to order fabric on line and I hats that!

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