I think for anyone who reads this blog its become apparent that I am crazy in love with the little French jacket.
Last March I attended my first class in Baltimore with the amazing Susan Khalje and I have since been back four times. At this point she is probably cursing the day she ever agreed to let me come, i'm the house guest that never quite leaves!!
and in this years March class I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Inna of Thewallinna. She made the most beautiful yellow jacket, which captured her personality perfectly and yet was still instantly recognizable as a classic.
When Inna emailed me last month asking if I would be interested in helping out with a sew along, I was thrilled to say yes and even happier when Susan agreed to contribute with advice and help. She is one of the busiest people I know and for her to make time for us is deeply appreciated.
So after hours of skype conversations, and endless emails, and with our very own celebrity we are ready to go!!!
The jacket itself is not complicated to make, a basic understanding of patterns, some fitting knowledge, a sewing machine and the ability and patience for lots of hand sewing is all that is necessary.
We have spent a long time prepping and have talked through every issue that could and will occur (how about that for famous last words!!!)
To allow for this we have a long schedule planned so that nobody feels rushed, which of course is the point of couture sewing, it should be deeply enjoyable. Its a slow thoughtful way to sew, and this is a great opportunity to try it.
and as a visual learner I am coming even further out of my comfort zone to add vimeo clips when I think its important and Inna will be doing the same.
Each stage will run concurrently on both blogs every week, and we will be more than happy to answer questions (or ask Susan if possible ) for answers on that weeks topic. As Inna is in Japan and I am in the US we are covering most time zones!
We are going to take turns in writing each post, and then we will go through them together ensuring that no detail big or small will get missed.
I've listed the schedule below as well as fabric resources and patterns we have researched. Susan will be releasing a pattern for her version of the jacket soon and a DVD in the new year and we are hoping that her pattern might be available before we start so I will keep you posted.......
as well as a button for your blogs...
So I will continue with my personal sewing and a blog entry each Monday as usual and Fridays will be the Sew a long post......giving everyone the weekend to spend sometime on their jackets?!
The first scheduled sewing post will be on October 6, after I return from my last Baltimore class of the year, but there will be Friday posts from next week on resources and supplies etc. as well as to start answering questions as they arise.
Please feel free to add links in the comments for fabric stores we've missed....and patterns you can recommend....
I seriously can't wait to add another jacket to my closet...once you have made one you will truly understand how lux and incredibly versitile these are..... you can't own just one :-)
StyleArc: Classic Chanel Tweed suit
StyleArc: Coco Jacket
Burda B7934 view A
If you live in NYC, then you are lucky because Goldberg Mendel sells the most exquisite fashion fabric directly from the runway!
Otherwise, here's the list of online fabric shops.
AND OUR SCHEDULE
Cut the fashion fabric and lining
Machine baste the jacket together & pin the sleeves
Real fitting, fixing the problems before sewing the jacket together
November 11 - 18
Sewing the bodice lining
November 25 - December 9
Adding trims, chain and hooks
Bonus quilted skirt sew along