Chanel Jacket

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I wanted a few projects finished before I started more, well this was one of them and whilst it isn’t happy dance time yet I’ve made enough progress to show you it again.

Last October I went on a course with Anne to the Yorkshire School of Sewing. I wanted to make a Chanel jacket. It was a two day course and we were under no illusions that we would complete the jacket in that time. The aim was for us to have done enough to be able to complete the jacket at home. This was Ann and myself after two days, jackets basically put together but with lots to do on the inside! If you want to read my earlier post about how we got this far follow this link.

There’s an awful lot of hand-stitching on a Chanel jacket. The lining is quilted to each piece before the jacket is constructed, so basically the whole lining is hand-stitched in…

Awaiting the arrival of the ham!

After the course I started hand-stitching the lining down but then I got waylaid with other projects and it has been on Florence, my muse, ever since.

After I finished piecing my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt I decided this had to be on my list of things to do next. I started hand-stitching the seams down, there’s an awful lot of seams!! Even the sleeves have two seams each! Gillian (from Yorkshire School of Sewing) had suggested a small sleeve head made frpm wadding, I couldn’t get the sleeve to lie flat for the lining with it in, so in the end I removed them.Making a Chanel Jacket

After quite a few evenings work I have hemmed it, stitched the neck-facing down and stitched all the linings down. The basic jacket is now complete!

My next problem is the buttonholes. I wanted my jacket to have buttons so I have a proper facing at the front. I marked my buttonholes but I can’t get the thickness of the fabric under the buttonhole foot. I’ve had this problem with the last two coats I’ve made, I can’t decide if it’s a problem with the foot or if it is because the tweeds are a fairly loose weave so the fabric is more easily damaged and caught under the foot. Either way, I couldn’t do it.Making a Chanel Jacket

In the end I decided to see if someone else could do it. We have a lady in Otley who I’ve heard very good reports of, she does alterations and repairs. I popped in to see her this morning to ask if she could do my button holes. She’s snowed under with work at the moment (she was buried under a wedding dress skirt when I arrived!) so it will be mid May before she has chance to do it. I’ve left a reel of thread and a button and even the pattern piece with the spacings on, just in case my pins come out!Making a Chanel Jacket

Once it returns I’ve got all the titivating to do. I’ll make a final decision on false welt pockets, stitch braid around the edges, chain inside the hem to give weight to the jacket and help it to hang well, maybe buttons up a false sleeve placket too. I haven’t quite decided on the buttons yet, fancy black or plain burgundy. The pink and red cord might be couched inside next to the lining edge, maybe!

Anne finished hers ages ago, have a look to see her version here, she’s much more patient than me and worked hard to get a beautifully finished jacket.

I think I’ll just be happy to have a finished, wearable jacket πŸ™‚

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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18 Responses to Chanel Jacket

  1. Laura says:

    Wow! What a lot of detail work! This jacket will be beautiful when finished! I don’t believe I have the patience to do this! Good for you!

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  2. It’s a perfect fit πŸ™‚ You’re so talented!

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  3. Amazing, what an undertaking – you will be able to wear in proudly! πŸ™‚

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  4. katechiconi says:

    I love those black buttons, so my vote goes to them. False pockets annoy me, so thumbs down for those, but I think that burgundy braid would look great. You’re so close to completion!

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Black buttons are my favourite too I think, I will wait til after I’ve put the braid on to decide about pockets as to whether the front is too plain…realistically I think I will have had enough by the time I’ve hand-stitched the braid and the chain on and call it a day πŸ™‚

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  5. Prue Batten says:

    It’s beautifully tailored, Margaret. I’m envious of you having a Chanel jacket. They’re the kinds of jackets that look formal with a dress or skirt and deliciously informal with jeans. I’m not a garment maker but my mother was and she used to make me up Vogue Couturier patterns which had 20,000 pieces, so I know the effort and angst you have gone through. Well done!

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  6. KerryCan says:

    Most of this reads like Greek to me but I understood enough to be impressed!

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  7. It looks wonderful, and will be a stunning jacket to wear! Great progress.

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  8. JJ Crafts says:

    Wow. So many steps! Its looking great though and I hope the lady can do the buttonhole without any problems for you.

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  9. Crazyqstitcher says:

    A beautifully created jacket. The hand stitches are so perfect I thought them all machine stitched. The garment looks wonderful on you. Love the tweed, colour and black buttons.


  10. amcclure2014 says:

    It’s looking good. I wondered what had happened since I saw it. Yes, I finished mine but I didn’t have difficult button holes to do. I hope they work out well then you can have some fun. I actually included my trim in the construction of the jacket – it’s stitched in between the layers like piping.


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