2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

October 28, 2009

I FINISHED.....

...and although there were times that I thought I wouldn't make it, or that I had bitten off much more than I could chew... I did make it to the finish line. This jacket involed a lot of firsts for me. Of course I had never made a Chanel look-a-like; never thought about quilting a lining to my fashion fabric; never truly bagged a lining; hadn't used much trim, and never completed a challenge.

My re-entering the world of sewing in September 2006 it was a God send because I really need a creative outlet. I was plenty discouraged at that time because it seemed that I had lost all of the skill that I did have after my 13 year hiatus from sewing. Three years ago I would have never even thought about starting a project of this caliber.

My Mother sent this beautiful boucle to me last September and I really had planned on making a Chanel suit from it last Fall. Well that didn't happen, but when this challenge came along I signed right up. Of course I experienced some feelings of remorse shortly after joining and even thought about withdrawing my name from the challenge. But I presevered and here is my finished project.



This was quite a challenge and I want to thank Clever Girl and Cindy for setting this up. There are plans for a matching pencil skirt and a dressy blouse made from the same fabric as the jacket's lining.

34 comments:

  1. Congratulatios Faye, you did a terrific job . Your jacket is perfectoooo. Please let's see a picture of you in it, I am sure you will look stunning

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  2. Your jacket looks very good and suits your coloring fine, a pic of you in it would be grand.
    Hugs,
    Marita

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  3. Well now, aren't you proud of yourself! You should be - your new jacket looks great. Do we get to see you modeling it?

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  4. Congratulations, what a wonderful job you did. I am sure you will look stunning in your jacket. It's lovely!

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  5. This is a stunning jacket, wonderful fabric and trim and beautifully made - a real couture piece!

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  6. This is wonderful. And it looks very "Chanel"! Congratulations on finishing!

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  7. Faye,
    Your jacket looks wonderful. You did a great job. I can hardly wait to see the pencil skirt and blouse that will accompany the jacket.

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  8. Awesome job, it looks great and I know what you mean about reentering the sewing realm, I stopped sewing for about 4-5 years and it's not like riding a bike, the first top I made looked like something from my 7th grade HomeEc class but it does all come back to you, practice makes perfect.

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  9. Congrats, it looks just beautiful. You should be very proud for sticking to it, the results are worth every inch of the effort. Good job! K

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  10. That is one perfectly made, beautiful jacket!!!! You should be extremely proud of yourself. The skirt will be great with it.

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  11. Gorgeous! What a lovely and well-made addition to your wardrobe.

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  12. Great job Faye. Wear that beautiful jacket soon and take pictures :)

    CarlaF-in Atlanta

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  13. Yay!! Congratulations! It's beautiful! I hope that you make the matching skirt and blouse... I'm sure it'll look wonderful!

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  14. Bravo
    You've achieved a great Chanel Jacket
    Mine is far from being finished
    But seeing others encourages me a lot
    Marie-Noëlle

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  15. Bravo! That came out amazing....you could tell from the progress shots in your other posts, but seriously this came out GREAT!

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  16. Whooo! It looks fantastic! Congratulations... I hope you have tons of fun wearing it all over :-D

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  17. Beautiful tailoring on that jacket. Congratulate yourself and wear that beauty with pride.

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  18. Congratulations, Faye, your jacket is truly lovely. I haven't even started! Your mother's choice of fabric is perfect for you and I look forward to seeing a shot of you wearing your jacket. I recall you saying that you wanted to add some colour to your wardrobe; perhaps you could make a pink pencil skirt as well! No matter what you wear this gorgeous jacket with, you will wear it with pride.

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  19. It's gorgeous! A great jacket.

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  20. Faye - its spectacular! Don't you feel amazing now that you've completed the challenge?! I can't wait to see the additional pieces and the finished outfit...I know its going to be amazing!!! Congrats on getting it completed.

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  21. Gurl, that jacket is fabulous. My hat is off to ya!!

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  22. Gurl, that jacket is fabulous. My hat is off to ya!!

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  23. Lovely! What a fabulous job you did!!!! You are going to have so much fun wearing that.

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  24. Congratulations Ms. Faye... you did a fabulous job. The jacket is beautiful.

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  25. Congratulations on your beautiful jacket! You've done a great job!

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  26. Congratulations Faye, it looks beautiful!

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  27. It's just beautiful, Faye !
    Congratulations on getting it done :-)

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  28. Faye .- your sewing skills are a hundred percent sure. This jacket is beautiful and sewing techniques, very accurate. Congratulations, the result is excellent. I never made a jacket as well, with padding. I have to try, of course. Congratulations also to all participants in the blog of the Chanel jacket.

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  29. Faye!!! Thats an amazing jacket! I look forward to seeing it on you!

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  30. Your jacket is amazing. What a nice job you did!

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  31. Your jacket is amazing! beautiful work.

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  32. Faye, your jacket is beautiful. You did a wonderful job. I love the fabric and trim and it sounds like you learned allot of new techniques making it.

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