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Reviewed by: Alania
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Posted on: 12/10/13 11:28 AM
Author: Claire Shaeffer
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When I first received this book, I immediately looked at all the wonderful pictures. It was like a walk down memory lane! I have taken several classes from Claire, and one of the joys in doing so is that she shares various pieces from her personal collection. Each day is a new and exciting experience. With the exception of the two pink jackets that were constructed to make this book and the accompanying DVD, I have seen each one of these jackets.

The book is illustrated extremely well. With pictures and written instructions that take you through the construction process of a Chanel-inspired jacket. The attention to detail with close-up photography shows you exactly what to do. The chapters are specific to a certain step, so you can easily access the one in with which you currently are working.

In viewing the DVD, it was almost like being in one of her classes. She shares details from her personal jacket collection and expertly walks you through the various steps of making your very own Couture jacket. When I am working on a garment, I often hear Claire's voice in my head guiding me through a particular detail. Now, I can see and hear her on my monitor! Like the book, the DVD is set up so you can move from to the step that you want to see.

This is a "must have" to anyone's library if you love to make jackets and want to perfect your Couture sewing skills. If you can't take one of her classes, this is the next best thing. If you have taken any of her classes (especially the Chanel classes), you will enjoy having this resource at your fingertips in case you have forgotten any of the steps, or just want to make sure you are doing a particular technique correctly.
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ASiverson said...
I too have this book and love it! I have yet to watch the DVD but plan to soon.... Many thanks for your review; it is wonderful and you are super-lucky to have taken a class with Claire herself! (or should that be with a captial H "Herself"!)
12/11/13 10:00 AM
Athene said...
Thank you for the review. I recently got the book and DVD and am looking forward to viewing them.
12/12/13 0:43 AM
sewmadd said...
I purchased this from Amazon and the book is really wonderful...but the dvd was damaged. I returned the book and dvd and it was replaced...the dvd in the replacement was also damaged. I have ordered the book a third time from another source and I will immediatly check the dvd. I have read so many wonderful reviews that I really want to see it. I will keep my fingers crossed that the third time will be the charm.
12/17/13 1:26 PM
Austragirl said...
My DVD doesn't work either ... I should return it too.
12/19/13 1:31 AM
Alania said...
I would definitely return your copy if the DVD isn't working properly. I purchased 2 of these from Amazon, and both DVDs are in working order.
12/20/13 11:01 AM
kikismama said...
Thank you for this review! I have just received this book recently and picked out a silk boucle for the jacket. I am taking the Craftsy class on the iconic tweed jacket. I just checked the DVD and it is working, luring me to watch it now but I have four children clamouring for the computer and holiday preparations not yet completed. I am very happy to now own this book and DVD.
12/22/13 4:54 PM
sewmadd said...
I had received a damaged dvd not once but twice. I received an email from Claire. She said that the publishers had thought they had pulled all the damaged dvds. I then received an email from Tauton and they assured me a new dvd was on its way. I received it about a week later. Awesome customer service. Claire and Tauton really are tops with me....what a pleasant experience in resolving this issue.
1/12/14 10:52 PM
mpante01 said...
Now that I read all these reviews, I am going to buy this book from Amazon. Thanks
1/29/14 8:41 PM
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