After about nine months of faffing about I finally knuckled down and finished my Chanel jacket last night. It’s not exactly the weather for wearing it at the moment, but I needed it crossing off my to do list! So it’s definitely time for Snoopy to do a happy dance!
I started this jacket last autumn at a two day workshop at the Yorkshire School of Sewing. It was a great workshop and at the end of it I had the basics of a jacket, I just had all the hand-stitching to do….
There’s an awful lot of hand-stitching on a Chanel style jacket, hence I have only just finished it, not helped by having a few other projects to distract me! This is where I was last time I showed you the jacket in April, lining stitched in but waiting for all the decorative bits…
The jacket is made from a gorgeous loose-weave tweed typical of Linton Tweeds, it might be a Linton Tweed but I think I bought it in Dewsbury, so origins are unknown! I love the rich colours in it. Chanel jackets are traditionally a bit shorter and don’t have buttons, but I wanted a slightly more wearable one, this length is more me! The lining is quilted to the tweed before the jacket is constructed, so all the lining seams are effectively hand sewn. The side seams were straight forward but I did find the sleeve head a bit more tricky. Gillian our tutor had suggested padding the sleeve head but I couldn’t work out how to get the lining over the head neatly, so in the end I took them out.
The buttonholes proved a bit tricky too. I couldn’t physically get the front/facing seam under my buttonhole foot without risking ruining the loose weave of the tweed. In the end I paid for a lady in Otley to do them! She has a good reputation for alterations and she did a great job of my buttonholes, it’s worth remembering her again! I wasn’t sure about my black buttons at first, I even tried a set of plain burgundy ones too, but looking at the photos I think they look fine.
Chanel jackets usually have some kind of decorative braid around the edges. I’d found a burgundy coloured braid which matched beautifully. I decided it would look neatest just a little bit in from the edge. It seemed to take for ever to hand stitch it on, every loop, both sides…it’s a long way round my hips!!
The finishing touch was the chain along the hem. These help the jackets to hang nicely. It’s probably more relevant in the shorter, buttonless jacket but I decided to add it anyway. So for those of you who like to see the innards of an outfit…
I braved the heat to take some photos outside this morning so apologies for the summer skirt and T-shirt that accompany it, though you escaped lightly as if I thought I’d get away with cropping the photo I’d have left my shorts on!!! I’m really pleased with it, the body of the jacket feels like it fits well, though the sleeves feel a bit snug, I certainly couldn’t get a jumper underneath it! I think it’s designed to be worn with a classic Chanel sleeveless shift dress.
I love the finish of the jacket with all the quilting and hand-stitching, though it’s an awful lot of work so I can’t see me making another one except for a very special occasion! I shall try and remember to wear it to the Knitting and Stitching show in November so I can show Gillian my finished jacket.
Linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, it may not be quilting or embroidery, but there’s an awful lot of hand-stitching! Follow the link to see what everyone else has been stitching.