Saturday, February 4, 2017

Don't say cheese, say Chanel

What better to kick off the sewing year with a Susan Khalje French Jacket course, with 12 sewing soul mates!  I took the course in Melbourne and can't speak highly enough of the experience.  Susan is a generous teacher and the small class size ensures that everyone receives one on one fitting and instruction for the trickier parts of construction.

After seven intensive days in class and about 4 hours since I returned home my jacket is nearing completion.  I still have about 3-4 hours of hand sewing including the pockets to go.  These photographs  show some of the journey from fitting, cutting, quilting to attaching the lining.  

Also wanted to talk about the wildly eccentric Jimmy's Buttons - his shop is such a mess - disorganised boxes, buttons all over the floor and the crazy Jimmy himself.  But amongst the chaos are absolute gems.  I bought 5 mts of beautiful black and gold trim for another jacket, some great black lace and an interesting bronze beaded piping for a neckline, all for a song.





More posts are on their way.

7 comments:

  1. I'm so pleased you got to go to this class. I like your fabric choice too.

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  2. So glad to hear you're close to completion! I'm still quite a way away from being able to say that.... Looking forward to seeing your finished jacket!

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  3. Loving the colour of the material..

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  4. As much as I love sewing, seven intensive days on one project would be quite challenging to say the least! I am looking forward to seeing the results.

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  5. Fabulous! I think about making a Chanel style jacket, but then I think, I won't wear it enough to justify the time. But I do enjoy seeing the fruits of your labors.

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  6. oh I am envious . Do You think she will come back to Australia fro another round of workshops?
    I love Jimmy buttons I go there quite often he will cover buttons and isnt backward in coming forward with an opinion either !! A real treasure . I just hope no one wants to turn his shop into apartments.

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  7. I have never been to Jimmy Buttons! I better fix that soon :). Good work on your jacket. Must have been a fabulous experience.

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