For my DIY Chanel jacket bouclé I am turning to Mood Designer Fabrics, which has stores in Manhattan and L.A., and also a website. I have visited the bouclé section of Mood in the Garment District in Manhattan several times. It goes for the better part of a long aisle, shelves filled from floor to ceiling with bolts of the most lovely bouclé. Todd Kelly, one of the very friendly and knowledgeable staffers there, told me plenty of bouclé Mood carries comes from mills in Italy and France and is created by designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, and Carolina Herrera.
|This fabric is available at Mood in NYC, but not online.|
The three swatches I have narrowed it down to are all by Oscar de la Renta (I love Oscar!), and all are $40 a yard. I’m a little partial to the black bouclé shown in the last picture, with off-white threads woven in. Some of the threads are champagne-colored, some are dove gray. The effect is gorgeous.
|I love the tiny sequins woven into this fabric.|
|This fabric is my current favorite.|
Of course I want the jacket to be special and the fabric to be unique. I plan on wearing the jacket with jeans or black pants so I’d like to keep the color in the black or blue range. But because it’s my first time sewing a jacket of this kind I don’t want to spend the serious money I’ve read you can drop at a place like Mendel Goldberg, another NYC fabric store, where bouclé can run you (I read over at Frabjous Couture) $300-900. At that price I might as well buy a vintage Chanel jacket and save myself all the trouble. Which could still happen but until I’ve saved up that little pile of cash it’s DIY Chanel all the way.
Which of these three swatches do you like? And if you are sewing this jacket too, where are you getting your fabric?