Saturday, 27 September 2014

And now for something completely different


As a freelance writer and editor (you have to take my word for it I'm much more eloquent in my native language) I work from home. During writing sessions in my home office I wear jeans or a skirt with a knit top. When I go out to visit a client, or make an interview, I always add a jacket to finish my outfit. Sometimes I'm multitasking and taking the pictures for my articles as well. The last thing you need when juggling pen, paper and camera is a restrictive jacket!

Over the years I bookmarked every post I found about couture methods for constructing a Chanel inspired jacket. Coco Chanel's revolutionary cardigan jacket was designed to be stylish, yet comfortable. It has the look of a jacket and the feel of a cardigan, as Chanel wanted women to be able to move and drive a car without bursting their seams. Just what I need!

So I'm moving from one extreme to another. After seven months of simple knit sewing I'm in for 100+ hours work on a garment with lots of hand stitching involved. I'm fond of hand stitching and I think I'll enjoy every minute of this project!




10 comments:

  1. Love the fabric and I think it will be a lovely jacket.

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  2. Enjoy the process! I'm looking forward to see the finished result!
    You already did one thing right in Coco's book: "The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you". This will be a fabulous jacket!

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  3. Best of luck! Looks like gorgeous fabric.

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    1. Thanks, I 'll need every luck in the world! By the way, did you ever spot a pattern for a reversible French jacket? I may want to wear this one inside out!

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  4. Yes, these will be fabulous colours on you :). I was wondering what your native language was - I wasn't sure if you were an English speaker living in the Netherlands, or a native who speaks and writes English very well as a second language. I will be following your progress avidly on this - it's about time I started tackling jackets too, so please take the lead and show the way !

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    1. Thanks! I'll document the progress as thoroughly as I can!

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  5. Looking forward to seeing your process and the finished product as well. You are in for the long haul on this one. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks! There's no rush so I'll take my time!

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