The Little French Jacket

badge_1Having 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. V8804

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.V7975I 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.

103_0511 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.


7 thoughts on “The Little French Jacket

  1. I also did Angela Wolf’s PR course and still haven’t finished my jacket but hope to get completed soon. Love your fabric and your jacket inspiration.

  2. Your fabric is beautiful. What a great buy. I’m glad to hear your opinion of V8804. I have it and made that muslin, but it does feel roomy. I always have to do a FBA, but other than that it feels like I need to pull it in a bit still. Trying a couple Marfy patterns right now which fit much better, but thought about going to the V7975 and giving it a try. I will be forever on my muslin!

    Where is your pinterest board?? I’m at and

    Have fun! Ramona

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