Having done the French Jacket class with Angela Wolf on Pattern Review to make my first cardigan style jacket, the LFJ sewalong was just what I needed to get motivated to make another. The LFJ organizers have attended classes with Susan Kaljie, and Susan may chime in as the sewalong progresses.
I recently purchased the Claire Schafer book and DVD, Couture Sewing: The Couture Cardigan Jacket, Sewing secrets from a Chanel Collector and her Vogue 8804 pattern.
The book and DVD are great, with lots of detail, but I decided against using the pattern. The adjustment needed for the shoulders and upper bust were more than I wanted to undertake. I checked Pattern Review and most of the reviews mentioned it ran large, so I’m sticking with the pattern from my first jacket, Vogue 7975.I feel like I’m cheating some, but I still had the muslin and was happy with the fit, so I could jump right into laying out the pattern and getting all the thread tracing done. I used the shorter length and 3/4 sleeve before and plan to do so again.
I found the boucle about a year ago at Textile Fabrics in Nashville and on a quick run to Haberman Fabrics fabric karma was with me, they had a rack of silk pieces on sale and I found a match for the lining. The trim and buttons will be the part I obsess over, with two Chanel boards going on Pinterest for inspiration.
The latest issue of InStyle has a $750 jacket that looks like the same fabric as what I will be using. It’s a brand I’ve never heard of, but still nice to see. Next week we move on to quilting the lining and fashion fabric.