Chanel inspired “Sophie” Jacket
Ready to wear tweed jacket
By Sophie St. Claire
Sewing instructor, designer, dressmaker & tailor
Project: Black tweed wool princess line jacket with sandwich salvage trim application. Jacket is 3 button front closure with 1 inch diamond looking buttons with two button vent. Jacket is lined with black & white stripe satin and has notched collar, patch pockets with applied chain on inside of hem.
My experience with making and wearing the “Sophie” jacket
Research & Inspiration
My favorite places to research the most modern looks are Pinterest and www.chaneljackets.com. These sites are the easiest see cut & grain lines, sewing details, and the inside of the jackets. One can also see detailed fabric textures and gauge weave of tweed. Once I have found my fantasy look, I start figuring a commercial pattern that’s easy to modify for the desired cut line. Next I research the fabric. After getting the fabric I research and figure the trim. I love making trims and exploring how to make them. After I have figured the trim I research complimentary button styles. Once I have completed my project plan and have all my materials, then and only then do I get into making a muslin fitting shell.
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