|Vogue Pattern number V8804|
One of the main reasons I want to tackle the project of making a Chanel-like jacket is because Claire Shaeffer, who literally wrote the book on couture sewing techniques, designed the pattern and wrote the instructions for V8804. She is also penning a six-part series on sewing the jacket for Vogue Patterns. From reading her book Couture Sewing Techniques I know she is an expert in the technical secrets of haute couture and I’m hoping her articles in Vogue Patterns will be clear and in-depth so even relative sewing neophytes like myself can follow along.
|The addition of French makes me want to pretend I work in an haute couture atelier. Oui!|
|Claire's opening paragraph. I love it.|
Her reassuring writing in the beginning of the pattern instructions bolsters my confidence. Which is good, because I look at the pattern with all the stitching lines for quilting various parts of the jacket and think I am in deep doo-doo.
|The lower half of the side front with the stitching lines to quilt the lining to the shell fabric.|
At this point I am gathering resources which will help me take on (and complete!) this jacket and number one in my arsenal is my mother, who has a lot of sewing experience, much more than myself, and whom I plan on consulting often. I also plan on being at her house in July and that’s when I am going to work on the muslin. I know I want my jacket semi-fitted, slightly tight, and with bracelet sleeves, so a muslin is a must to perfect the proportions and fit.
Sewers talk about loving the three-piece sleeve in a Chanel jacket. I don’t know that I fully understand the significance of the three-piece sleeve, I’m assuming it’s about controlling the shape, but Claire’s pattern has one, which is another plus. I do know that Coco Chanel had very strong feelings about sleeves so I feel there is a whole world I am going to learn about.
|Part of the upper sleeve back. I'm scared. Hold me!|
Next up—the resources I’m turning to for inspiration and guidance. In the meantime, maybe this should be my new sign-off symbol:
Are you taking on a sewing project this summer?