I had grand plans to have my muslin for my Chanel-like jacket already done by now, but when I was setting that goal for myself I completely forgot that the Summer Olympics were coming on! I am an Olympic nut, have been since I was a child, equally love both the Summer and Winter Olympics, and find myself glued to the TV every night between 8pm and midnight to watch whatever sport NBC is covering.
Which has been quite unfortunate for my Chanel jacket plans.
Before the Olympics started I did manage to get all the pieces cut out and marked, ready for thread tracing and then stitching.
|Why yes, I DID use a Chanel bio as a paperweight when tracing the muslin.|
I will let you in on a little secret. I have never made a muslin before and I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m going by what I learned from Susan Khalje’s class “The Couture Dress” which I took earlier this year on Craftsy. So far so good.
I have been gathering supplies so I bought black silk organza for the sew-in interfacing (just $8 at Chic Fabrics in NYC!), and I also picked up silk thread for the basting I will eventually be doing. I got these vintage spools of Belding Corticelli and Talon silk thread on eBay for a great price. Susan Khalje said Belding Corticelli in Size A was particularly wonderful to work with and I thought cream and red would be great colors against black or blue fabric.
Speaking of fabric, a recent scan of Mood’s website showed that the Oscar de la Renta bouclé I liked is gone, so I’m back to square one in the hunt for fabric. Is this a sign that I should go to Mendel Goldberg? I think it is, especially after I called them to find out their temporary location after a fire shuttered their Hester Street shop this spring. The charming owner Alice Goldberg answered the phone and then had her assistant send me this card. Mendel Goldberg, here I come!
|They feature Chanel bouclés. I am so there, even if only to look!|
As for my muslin, I will be working on it again as soon as the Olympics are over.
Are you watching the Olympics too? To the detriment of any summer projects you’ve started?