Wednesday, August 8, 2012

DIY Chanel Jacket: Muslin Work (or Lack Thereof, Thank You London 2012 Olympics)


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?

16 comments:

Adrienne said...

Looks like it's coming along!
I am not getting much done due to the Olympics either. I had grand ideas that I would work on an outline for something, a writing project I want to start, but I haven't written even a single word.
Oh well, they will be over soon. May as well enjoy the competitions while there happening!
xo, A

1234 said...

Yes, at home in the evening and in the office in the morning. It was nice experience to support our competitors together with my collagues. (We won two golds today! Great job from a small country.)
I am oplypic fan, too, I still have sport newespaper issues during Olympics from 198o! Since then, I try to record at least one of these.

... said...

Wow, good for you! The thread tracing ultimately put me off of this one. For some reason it really intimidates me.

I've managed to to complete a different jacket in spite of my Olympic watching, which I hope to blog this week.

Veshoevius said...

oooh exciting - looks like things are taking shape. But yeah - Olympics have taken over - don't be too hard on yourself. It feels like the whole world has stopped to watch!

HappyFace said...

Sewing your own Chanel style jacket. Wow! How do you do that? I am totally intriqued and keeping my fingers crossed all goes well - despite the distractions from the Olympics ;-)

I have been following your blog for about a year now - ever since you posted that black, pink, red + green Twilly. I have the same one and a TohuBohu one, too and I love them.

Now I'm curious to what will happen with your jacket. Good luck with that project!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I am sure it will be worth the wait, Jill! I think the whole world has been on pause during the Olympics! I am glad they were not on during school...all of my students would have been tired!! It is really coming along!

jill815 said...

Hi Adrienne, I have totally reached the point in the Olympics where I only get things done during the commercials and I will be happy to get my life back Monday morning! But I do love the Olympics so I'm going with it. XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi 1234, thanks for stopping by! I think in my parents' basement I have old newspaper clippings going back as far as the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics when Eric Heiden won all those speed skating gold medals. I was 11 and obsessed with him! XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hello ..., what jacket did you make? I would love to see it. I have managed to finish the thread tracing today (before 8pm and the Olympics came on, of course!) and hope to start putting together the muslin this weekend. Photos to follow! XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Veshoevius, are you back in London? How is it going? You should get your regular life back by sometime next week when all the Olympic tourists head home, right? I'm thinking of you! XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Happy Face, you had me at Tohu Bohu! Oh I have had terrible horrible Hermes scarf lust lately, finding some beauties online, secondhand, and I'm afraid I may have a wee accident and get one! I have my eye on a Tres Kelly 70, a Printemps/Ete 69-70 Twilly, and a L'Art du Temari, a 90cm in yellow. It's awful, how will I resist? Maybe the Olympics can distract me. I love knowing we are Twilly twins, I adore both of those patterns and get a lot of use out of them. Where do you blog, I must find you! XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Pam, I have been so tired the past week and a half, I am staying up too late watching every Olympic moment! XO, Jill

The Silver Bunny said...

I admire you so much for being able to sew ! I am also an Olympics nut but have been watching less intently since the French have started to win fewer medals (bit of a chauvinist here, I'm afraid). At least, your beautiful Chanel-style jacket will still be there when it all ends !

jill815 said...

Hi Silver Bunny! I was really impressed by the French swimmers at these Olympic games, I didn't realize France had so many talented swimmers, it seems like most of those medals go to the Americans and the Australians. XO, Jill

Rebekah Bonde said...

Ooooh, I just love the "thread" of your journey in creating the muslin. Such an in-depth look at creating The Jacket.

I didn't watch the Olympics. I was just swamped during the last two weeks and spent the evenings reading, drinking wine, or answering email. I did see some highlights, like that awesome goal by the women's soccer team. I'm not a good American. :-(

jill815 said...

Hi Rebekah! You would've laughed at me on Sunday if you saw how bad my sewing dyslexia kicked in. I was trying to put together the sleeves, just for the muslin fitting, and I could not make heads or tails of what I was doing. Something about neither side of the muslin being considered the "wrong" or "right" side of the fabric is messing with my brain. And then there's the fatigue from watching Olympics night after night until midnight that kicked in too. Glad it's over and I have my life back! I hope you are enjoying your vacation! XO, Jill