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Chanel That Suit (Claire Shaeffer) (Sewing Class Review)
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Posted by: Alania
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Posted on: 5/15/08 5:59 PM
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Not only is this a great class, but it is rolled into a history lesson in Couture and the House of Chanel. If you have ever wanted to know more about the construction that goes into a Chanel, then you don't want to miss the opportunity to take this class with Claire Shaeffer. From the welcome dinner at Claire's home to the time the class is officially over, you will be exposed to beautiful Chanel garments, slide shows that contain garments which have been displayed at exhibits around the globe, and inside tips that make a Chanel "a Chanel".

The information delivered in the class is intense, but I found myself like a human sponge trying to absorb everything. You will construct half of a jacket using the same techniques that are used on a Couture Chanel. Most of your sewing will be done by hand, as it is in the Couture houses. You will learn new techniques, and ways to improve current skills. A knowledge of sewing (both skills and terminology) is a must. Claire is most gracious in answering questions, but doesn't have enough class time to explain, demonstrate and teach the basics. If you have read any of her books, patterns (the couture instruction section), or any of the articles she has written for various trade publications, it will give you a pretty good idea of the skill level that is presented in the classroom.

If you are a fan of Chanel, and want to learn how to duplicate this look in your own sewing studio, this is the class for you. Most of us don't have the time to make a fully constructed Couture garment, but to have the knowledge and techniques tucked away and be able to pull out those special applications for a certain garment and get the desired look, is an education that I can't do justice with words.
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MarilynB said...
This class sounds wonderful. How many days were involved? Did Claire make any pattern recommendations?
5/16/08 7:26 AM
Jeanninem said...
Thank you for this review. Sounds like fun to be able to attend such an interesting class. I'm sure anyone who appreciates the quality of a Chanel jacket would enjoy everything Claire has to offer.
5/16/08 8:30 AM
Alania said...
Marilyn, The welcome dinner was on a Monday evening. Class started Tuesday at 9:00 am and concluded on Saturday at 3:00. With regard to pattern recommendations, you do not make a garment that you will actually wear during this class. You make half of a Chanel jacket, for which Claire provides all the materials required (fabric, lining, pattern, thread, buttons, trim, etc.). If you are not familiar with Claire's patterns, she has a line with Vogue patterns. FYI, three of her jacket patterns will be pulled from the Vogue Pattern Book in the very near future. Claire's classes are based on mastering specific techniques, not actually constructing a garment that would be worn. Hope this helps.
5/17/08 10:09 PM
cme95677 said...
Do you have a web site for her? I tried googling her for info on these classes and only her books came up? Ii would be interested in taking her class. Thanks, Mj
7/3/08 2:27 PM
Alania said...
MJ, Claire doesn't have an up and running website. Her email address is:
7/6/08 2:08 PM
cme95677 said...
Do you mind me asking the cost of the class? And where is it held? I am really interested, I developed a passion for Chanel Couture when I worked for them as a makeup artist for 10 yrs. Mj
7/6/08 2:49 PM
Alania said...
I would rather not comment on the cost of the class--I feel this should be reserved for the instructor. The classes are held in Palm Springs, CA and at a resort not far from Claire's home. The outside of this particular resort is beautifully landscaped. We ate lunch outside each day, and it was a wonderful setting. It is also within walking distance to restaurants, shopping, drug stores, etc. So, if you fly into Palm Springs, you don't need a car. The resort provides free shuttle service to and from the airport. Do email Claire for class information. She is very approachable. You indicated you have a passion for Chanel--you won't be disappointed. I also think Claire would find it very intriguing to know your background with Chanel.
7/7/08 10:38 AM
Alania said...
Marilyn, The class is 5 days in length. Claire does comment on her own pattern line with Vogue, and makes recommendations, fit concerns, etc.
8/14/08 3:07 PM

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