|I put this class in my Craftsy wish list as soon as I got an email detailing its existence! I've been following a sew-along for a Chanel style jacket and got kind of stuck at the stage of cutting the lining. I am working on the Style Arc Coco, comprised of many pieces, and could not see quilting all those tiny pieces as being feasible. Enter Lorna Knight and her class. She is an engaging presenter and has set up her class along the lines of Susan Khalje's Couture Dress class. She has a lot of advice to give, from choosing fabrics to fitting, cutting and constructing the jacket. I will admit that the fitting lesson is not terribly helpful, but her fabric lesson was inspiring. I am now glad that I had not yet cut my lining, as I am leaning towards a dupioni now, as she demonstrated in the class. The effect with the tweed is stunning!
I appreciate that, like Khalje, Knight uses a more challenging fabric to teach the class. Her choice is a checked tweed, requiring print matching. It is always helpful to see how the pros undertake pattern matching. Knight is calm and reassuring as she presents techniques and her demonstrations are thorough. She always shows starting and finishing of the extensive hand sewing involved in the construction of the jacket, although she has completed samples to hand when it is time to move on, as with applying the pocket. One thing that was particularly motivating for me, after mulling for the past few weeks over the lining quilting issue, is that she constructs the fronts and the back of both jacket and lining and then does the quilting. This was my thinking exactly, but I wasn't sure if I could/should do it this way. Yay! This method allows for more efficient quilting and construction, as it eliminates tiny and few lines of quilting on the really little pieces. It also eliminates the need to fell stitch four lining seams; only the side and shoulder seams of the lining on the jacket body need this treatment. It makes a lot more sense for me, working on the Coco.
I highly recommend this class if this garment and/or couture techniques are of particular interest to you. Undertaking this jacket is a lot of work, but Lorna Knight will get you there. I am so glad that this class is available. It was what I needed to get over the slump I was in on this jacket. I think that I really needed to see someone doing the techniques; a photo tutorial is insufficient for this type of project. It is also very difficult to convey, in words and the odd photo, just what is involved. It is helpful to see a person manipulating the fabric to achieve the desired result. The sleeve and pocket lessons are terrific, as is the finishing lesson, where she covers trim, including the chain to weight the hem. I should also add that Vogue 7975 is the pattern included with the class.