Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Moving Right Along

I've been busy, busy, busy with the Chanel jacket. It's been hard to drag myself out of the workroom to do anything else. Isn't it fabulous when a project takes over?

Oh, the picture. That's the back of the button. Not only are they from Paris, but they even say so. How cool is that?

The interfacing is done, and the batiste is hand-stitched to the boucle. I like underlining so much more than interfacing; it really adds to the texture of the fabric, where most of the time interfacing changes the nature of the fabric completely. I still needed some interfacing for the collar and facing, but without using a fusible, I got less stiffness than I expected – which was good.

Last night I stitched the body of the jacket together. I think it works. Because the front/facing pieces are cut shorter, it looks a little odd when I put it on. But all will be well in the end, or so I hope.

I've decided not to attempt buttonholes in this fabric – bound or traditional. Bound buttonholes would be really nice, but I haven't done them before and I don't know as this is the fabric I want to experiment on. Boucle just fuzzes everywhere – ask my sewing machine. I picked up some oversized snaps (almost penny-sized) and I'm going to cover them in leftover lining fabric. Yes, the urine sample lining fabric will be prominently displayed so that all those who turned up their noses at it will be staggered by how perfect it is.

Up next: setting in the sleeves. Otherwise known as spending lots and lots of quality time with the iron and the pressing ham.


Rose said...

I'm having a fun time reading your blog and reading about your sewing adventures, although I think that this is the first time I've commented. Over the course of time, I have come to believe that the French word "chartreuse" means "color of urine" (yellowish/green) :) I have never told anyone this, because usually they are wearing a garment in this color and I don't think that they would appreciate my observations. But since you have already described your the color as similar to urine, I feel safe in putting this forward. I have to say, I'll be looking to see if your lining color can be described as chartreuse. I'm looking forward to seeing what the consensus is. Cheers! Rose <--in anticipation in CA :)

Dawn said...

I'm loving that! I love the color of that fabric and those buttons are super cute too. I am waiting to see the full thing. Come on!

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

Yeah! I'm glad that you are enjoying the process...and can't wait to see the new jacket!

Kat said...

Karen, that is such a perfect color for you! I can't wait to see you in the finished jacket.