Chanel No1 is done.

This little number is done. Yeah.
I avoid hand stitching but I couldn’t avoid it because of the braid and chunkiness of the fabric. I broke a record 5 sewing machine needles making this jacket. I have a couple of reddish skirts that I can wear with this but it’s even better with dark ink jeans.
While I was testing the braid placement, I took a few pictures to see whether it was too much, or not enough. You can also see that it took some unpicking to get the neckline right. It also took come unpicking to get the front hems to match at the zipper base. This was where I broke machine needle number 5. The neckline corners also took some unpicking and remachining to get the neckline corners right too.
I love the heavy red lining. Just love it. This is truly a remant fabric jacket. The braid and zipper are new.
As soon as I make a top, I’ll add some real life pictures.

Keeping warm – McCalls 8971

This is a favourite pattern I’ve used for coats McCalls 8971.
The pinky coat is fabric I purchased at Pitt Trading. The fabric is silk and the weave is fairly open so I made the seams wider to ensure it would unravel too quickly as I sewed it up. The pockets are in the side seams so they don’t make me look smaller.

The beige coat is a softer wool fabric that has lots of interfacing and tailoring so that it stays in shape for a long time.
I can’t remember where I bought it from, but it took a few seasons to get the courage choose a pattern and make this coat. They’re both comfortable, warm and fit nicely over a tailored suit in the winter.
PS. If you’d like some more technical details, drop me a line.