2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

January 11, 2017

GO CHANEL, OR GO HOME...

...my friend Smoking Needles is currently making what I am sure will be a beautiful Chanelish quilted jacket.  Talking to her tonight brought back memories of the time I made my own Chanelish jacket.  It was back in 2009,  when some how I got up the nerve to join the "Go Chanel or Go Home" jacket challenge.  Plans to make this type of jacket had actually begun a year before when my mother gifted me a beautiful boucle fabric that she said had been in her attic for quite some time.  It was perfect for a quilted jacket - it had pink in the print - PERFECT!  But then I chickened out until the jacket challenge came about one year later.

This jacket created a whole lot of first's for me:
  • first two piece sleeve
  • first time working with boucle fabric
  • first time quilting a lining
  • first time working with trim
  • first time making my own bias tape
It was seven years ago that this project stretched my sewing skills further than I had ever dreamed! 
I still can't believe I matched the stripes so well!
 
I went back to review the process and found that it took me 22 days to complete.  At which time I was working full time and taking classes at night towards my degree.  Where did all that energy go???

18 comments:

  1. I love this jacket. I have yet to make a Chanel or Chanel-like jacket, but they are beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Alethia! I want to make another one - just don't know when.

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  2. 22 DAYS??? Wowza. That's a killer jacket; I hope you've worn it and worn it since then!

    I still haven't attempted a Chanel-ish jacket w/a quilted lining...

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    1. Thank you Lisa! I want to make another one.

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  3. Wow! You did a great job! This jacket is amazing. Well done!

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  4. I remember that sew-along and I followed your progress. Wow! Where did time go.

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    1. I knowwwww time just flies on by!

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  5. Just goes to prove the old saying, "give it to a busy person to get it done." Or something like that! :) Your jacket is amazing! Well done!

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  6. Beautiful jacket! I am still dreaming of making a Chanel jacket.

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    1. We've got to make that dream come true Regina!

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  7. It is so timeless, as beautiful and current today as it was then. A Chanel jacket is definitely on my to do list for 'some day.'

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  8. Love this jacket! Can we see the inside? I hope to make one at some point.

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    1. Thank you Cindy! I'll add a picture of the insides in my next post.

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  9. This jacket is so beautiful and timeless,Faye!

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    1. Thank you so much Candice!!!

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