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by Marga van der Vet
July 13, 2020
Almost every woman on earth dreams of having a Chanel jacket. A Chanel jacket is pure Haute couture: sophisticated, perfectly fitting, timeless classic and very, very expensive. Sewing a Chanel-inspired jacket yourself is like sewing a wedding dress. A long process and you need to have a lot of sewing experience. But it should not be a dream. It is possible and we will help you!
Where to start?
As soon as you start to look for information about Chanel-Style- or Chanel Inspired jackets, you will notice there are a lot of sewing patterns available. Which one should you choose and what kind of fabric do you need? What about the lining, what about the Couture sewing techniques which are mentioned over and over? Follow our step-by-step sewing guide and you will do fine.
Take your time
But first, realize that sewing a Chanel-inspired jacket will be a much longer process or project than you have ever experienced before. Most garments you have made so far were projects which ended after a few weeks, maybe days, or even one day. Some sewing patterns even claim to be a "one-hour" project. It actually never happened to us. Sewing a skirt or a dress in just an hour is not very likely to be a rewarding project. Sure, if you need a nice towel to function as a wrap it will be a speedy process. But let's take some more time to enjoy the process and the result, a perfect ‘Chanel-jacket’ as well.
Classic or modern?
There are many choices and styles. Your first step should be: take a look around the Internet for a while before you start the project. Take a close look at your own wardrobe and think about the colour or possible combinations. You can also create a mood board. Pin or pick ‘Chanel-jackets’ pictures and fabric pictures. As soon as you start to look around you probably notice some specific style you really would like to create. Timeless, classic, boxy, long, shorter, a lot of fringes or plain simple.
A Chanel-inspired jacket is a very nice Crown Jewel of your work as a home seamstress or professional seamstress or your projects so far. It is the absolute finishing touch of all your knowledge and skills of sewing techniques. It is an absolute joy to make this jacket as extravagant, personal and striking as possible. It might even get more attention than the wedding dress you did a long time ago.
Marga van der Vet is a 50+ Dutch model and seamstress. She specializes in sewing Chanel-Style jackets and started https://www.sewingchanelstyle.com/ a few years ago to share information about sewing Chanel-Style jackets and all about the brand Chanel. Lately, she has expanded the website with blogs about sewing for LARP, Cosplay and Fantasy events. Marga lives in the countryside in the North of the Netherlands with her family, her dog and horses. Modelling and Haute couture are, of course, very glamorous but she has a sustainable and green lifestyle. SewingChanelStyle promotes sustainability and women who are having small arts and crafts businesses.
Why should I make a mockup or toile when I have a pattern? Isn’t it overkill? This concern comes up often so I think it’s important to clarify the importance of making a mockup, or a test run of your garment, also known as the toile or muslin.
Your mockup should be a shell of your garment that you can actually try on complete with zipper, collar, pockets, sleeves and any relevant pieces of detail, such as marked or drawn placements of your buttons and buttonholes, and even a rough drawing of applique, embroidery or beadwork.