Don’t laugh-this is my next garment project:
Given my recent debacle with the infamous Cape Caper, you might think I’m crazy. But seriously, I am jumping right from the cape to a Chanel-style jacket. It will probably take a year for me to make given my schedule with all things quilt-related, but I have always lusted for a Chanel-style jacket.
I found this fabulous wool boucle on-line at Fine Fabrics of Santa Barbara. It’s so wonderful-beautifully woven and in a lovely color palette that will work with denim, black, off white, tan, brown or blue. I think it’s versatile enough to go dressy or casual and the wool is very light and won’t smother me. Perfect!
I’m lining it in a luscious blue silk with a bit of a lavender undertone. The silk is a custom-dyed French silk that was $50/yd and GUESS WHAT! After I took my Valium and placed my order, I received a call back from Fine Fabrics. It seems that the silk is a bit faded along the fold. They never sell damaged fabric, so my choice was to take it for free or choose something else. Hmmm-I’ll take it!
I am thinking I can figure out a way to work around that fade. The only place where I will need a wide section of fabric would be the back and there will be a fold there for ease of wearing. I’ll have to see it when it comes. Of course if it’s noticeable I will choose another fabric.
I took a trip to San Francisco on Tuesday to Britex to get chain, true grosgrain, silk button hole twist and buttons. I’m pretty pleased with my haul.
One thing though: somehow I have to figure out a way to not make it a Ladies That Lunch Jacket-ewww! I need to give it an edge somehow to make it read more like the Lady That Got Kicked Out of the Ladies That Lunch.
But there is a bigger picture here. I really messed up on the simple cape, but I am not going to let that deter me. I have actually made some exquisite garments before and I know I can again. I will go slowly, get lots of help from my fabulous Am Sewing Guild garment group and eventually have a fabulous Chanel-style jacket that fits and is versatile-whooop!