“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel
I have no idea where the obsession came from, I only know that I’ve become obsessed by Chanel’s life, her contribution to the history of style and especially by her *Little Black Jacket or Little French Jacket. This means, of course, that I’m going to have to research it deeply and recreate it for myself so that I can understand why a couture version costs in the vicinity of $12,000. So I’m going to learn the couture sewing techniques and create one.
Here is my journey so far.
The LBJ Project Begins [April 27, 2016]
Researching the Real Deal [April 29, 2016]
Finding My Mentors [May 3, 2016]
Learning to Make the Toile [May 9, 2016]
Making a Customized Pattern for the Jacket [May 16, 2016]
Choosing my Jacket Fabric & Lining [May 24, 2016]
Finally Cutting the Fabric & Lining [May 31, 2016]
It’s What’s Underneath that Counts: Marking & Stabilizing [June 7, 2016]
Quilting the Jacket [June 13, 2016]
Constructing the Jacket Body [June 20, 2016]
Setting in and Finishing the Sleeves [June 28, 2016]
Chanel-Style Pockets [July 4, 2016]
The Finishing Details [July 11, 2016]