My "cheater" version of a Chanel jacket. Instructions for a quicker version of this jacket are found in Threads Magazine No. 128 - January 2007. I would love to tell you that this is some wonderfully amazing tweed fabric and lovely silk charmeuse lining, but ... it's not. I had the idea for this class, wrote up the class description for the store newsletter, all the time thinking that I would just order some fabric on-line, because the probability of finding anything decent at Fabricland is next to nil. Of course, I managed to lose track of time because of one thing and another, and the next thing you know - I should already be sewing this jacket, and - no suitable fabric. Off to Fabricland to find something - anything half-way suitable. Nothing. Not anything even remotely related to what I needed. In a last ditch effort, I headed to the clearance section, which happened to be at 50% off that day. There it was - "unknown fibers" very loose somewhat tweedy-looking stuff for the unbelievable price of $2.00 a metre. This certainly has to be the world's cheapest Chanel jacket knock-off. With such, um, "exquisite" fabric, I was not about to waste any precious silk for lining, so that is grand old polyester charmeuse. Didn't bother spending money on a chain for the hem. It is what it is. I did underline with voile, though. Don't know that it will help with stability in the long run. Just from hanging in the store, there are already a few snags in the loose weave. I'll wear this for as long as it looks decent, but I did have my sample done on time. It's still a lot of work, but much, much faster than the true method of putting together a Chanel jacket. I now know that I can do this, so the next time I decide to make one of these - I'll definitely take the time to source out nice fabric, because all that work certainly deserves a lengthy lifespan.
For trim, I just used the selvage and some braided trim that I had in my stash.
Kwik Sew 3553
And, of course, we had to have yet another pair of pyjamas for the "Fundamentals" classes. Nothing exciting about these - I'll be whipping these out in my sleep soon, but it is nice (I think) to have a new sample to show with every new class schedule. Poly/cotton, and I thought that adding a bit of lace would help to make them a little less boring.
Now I'm working on samples for my summer classes. No pyjamas this time around!