October 18, 2009


I worked on my Chanel Jacket ALL DAY LONG on Saturday. This project is truly a labor of love. I can't tell you how many times I have whispered to myself, "I don't think I can do all of this!", or "This is too much work!", or "I just quit!" But since I won't let my students quit, I guess quitting is not an option for me. So I have trudged onward and here are the results of a few evenings work last week, Friday evening, and ALL DAY LONG on Saturday.

Although not perfect, all of the quilting is done (Thank God)!

The plaids/stripes match (Yahoo!!!)

My (Sheila) faux welt pockets are on.

And this is a picture of my fabulous lace with rose and black pearl trim, which by the way will have to be hand sewn.
So, now I need to:
  • Set the sleeves, bind them with bias trim and hem them.
  • Sew on my trim.
  • Add my chain, and

Now I've got to pause to study for a test that I have to take tonight - the other things of life are calling to me. Maybe I'll be able to make it to the finish line some time this week between the 133 pages I need to read for my Psych class. At any rate, I'm a lot closer that I was before. Being able to dedicate an entire day to sewing was PRICELESS....


  1. Of, Faye, this is looking lovely! I'm still at the choosing patterns stage, I've changed my mind 93 times and I can't decide on my braid ... it goes on forever. Don't feel stressed and don't quit. It doesn't matter if you don't make the deadline. You're doing this because you want to and you'll enjoy the process, even though it seems daunting. Your jacket is going to look wonderful when it's done and will give you years of pleasure!

  2. Ms. Faye your Chanel Jacket is coming along gorgeously and you did an awesome job on the quilting.

    I am so admiring your lining. I spent the better part of 2 days trying to understand why the lining for a vest that I'm working on was a hot mess. Everytime I attempted to turn it inside out it would look like a twisted mess.

  3. I'm sure you needed this day of sewing. You are doing a terrific job on that jacket. Good things take time. Good luck with your test.

  4. That jacket is going to be just gorgeous. The trim is going to be wonderful!!!!

  5. It looks awesome already, can't wait to see the final product, labor of love is right it shows. Great work.

  6. Great job... I understand pushing through, as I just had finished a coat I've been wanting for 9 years now. Congrats on finding a whole day to sew!

  7. Your Chanel is simply stunning.

  8. Faye, your jacket is coming together beautifully. I can hardly wait to see the end results. Wonderful job. Oh, those colors are so delicious!!!

  9. That looks fantastic :-D Just think how great it will be to wear it when you're done!

  10. Looking good love that fabric! :)

  11. Loooovvvveee that fabric!

  12. Oooh, a full day of sewing is always so nice. The jacket is looking fabulous!

  13. Your jacket is coming along so nicely!! Great job!

  14. WOW, you did allot of work, and it looks fantastic. I know I said it before but I love your fabric :)
    This jacket will be awesome!

  15. Hello! Thank you for joining my little blog. Your Chanel jacket looks like it is going to be stunning! I really love that lace with the roses, and the lining looks great. I have yet to attempt a Chanel. One of these days...

    ~Bess B.

  16. Oh, it's so nice to have the whole day, isn't it ?

    Your jacket is going to be beautiful.

  17. Everything about this jacket is looking fabulous - the style, the fabric, the trim and, of course, your beautiful construction work. I can't wait to see it finished.

  18. Anonymous10/24/2009

    Wow! Its so impressive that you are sewing a Chanel jacket. It looks insanely complex, but I bet you'll be really glad that you made it when you get to put it on and wear it out.

    Great blog!!




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