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|Spadea: 453 (Dinah Shore Chanel Jacket) - Type:Coat/Jacket |
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|Posted on:||2/8/13 2:19 PM |
|Last Updated:||2/12/13 8:30 AM|
|Pattern Rating:||Difficult, but great for Advanced Sewers |
|Fabric:||Wool Tweed [See other projects in this fabric]|
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This is a pattern from the early 1960's that I bought on Etsy. It's described as a "Dinah Shore Jacket, styled in the beloved Chanel Manner. This easily made lined jacket is contrasted with braid that binds all edges."
I think it was a 38 bust.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, although I made the sides less boxy and skipped the braid trim.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn't use them, because I used this pattern as a project for Susan Khalje's "Couture Dress" course on Craftsy.com. These vintage patterns are tricky because they have no printing on the pattern pieces, just holes to mark the darts and grainlines. So you need to have experience to figure them out. I used the pattern to mark a muslin pattern as outlined in the course, and it worked out fine. I underlined the wool/novelty yarn tweed with silk organza, quilting the wool to the organza using a walking foot on my machine. I then lined the whole thing with silk crepe de chine. I also added the Chanel chain on the bottom.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked that it has a vintage '60's Jackie kind of cut. The sleeves have two darts which give them a nice shape. I also prefer the bust and shoulder darts on this pattern to the princess seams seen on most Chanel Jackets.
Wool/novelty yarn tweed, silk organza interlining, crepe de chine lining, copper chain on the bottom hem as a weight.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The shape was a little boxy so I added curves to the side seams. I brought the armscye up a little and made the sleeves narrower. I added the silk organza interlining and quilted it to the exterior fabric. I put sleevehead under the sleeve cap to give the sleeves that couture pop. All of these techniques are described in the "Haute Couture Dress" course on Craftsy.com, which I highly recommend!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, now that I have a fitted muslin pattern, I would definitely make it again.
This was a really fun introduction to the world of Haute Couture sewing. It took forever, but the feel of the jacket is fantastic, and the organza interlining absolutely keeps it from wrinkling. The crepe de chine lining is so luxurious! I love it. If you're interested in learning more about how I researched making a Chanel jacket, check out my pinterest page called "Make Your Own Chanel Jacket."
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