3/27/2011

Faux Chanel with Simplicity 4273

My attempt this year is to make a suit-a-month although I didn't get started until February.  Since I feel that I've finally gotten over the fear of doing a lining Thanks to Karen I was able to do my first suit for the year and moved on to the second one.

March's suit is New Look 6853, which is a lined jacket with pocket variations paired with Simplicity 4273 pants.






For NL6853 I used a burgandy/brown denim with cross-wise stretch from Walmart about 2 years ago. The fabric was downright hard.  I washed & dried it, but it still had some stiffness, then soaked it in fabric softner and washed & dried a second time.  After the second washing, drying & ironing it was workable.  In reviewing chanel style jackets, I noticed that several had a boxy look and noted that I needed a pattern with some shaping.  NL6853 has front, side front, back & side back pieces that would provide shaping.

The instructions for NL6853 was very easy in that after reviewing them, I basically sailed along on my own.  There was an instance where I referred to the instructions during the lining installation, I wondered if I should do facings for the jacket, but after reading various comments regarding chanel jackets, I went with inserting the lining without the facings.  All of the seams were sewed using 1.7 stitch width and pinked.




 For the lining I made a pit stop at Fulton Fabric Store. Luckily they had one-way stretch for $4.00/yd.  The sales clerk kept emphasizing that it was burberry, but at $4.00/yd I knew something was amiss, and continued with my purchase.  I just needed one-way stretch lining... point blank and didn't care if it was burberry or blueberry. 


To ensure that the lining did not roll to the fashion fabric side, I edge stitched starting from the front bottom and continued along to the other side.










The pockets had to be removed and repositioned higher.  I have taken to using a stitch width of 1.7 and it was a pain removing those stitches.  I still feel that the pockets could've been a tad bit higher.



The lining was hand stitched at the hem line and as usual I ended up with my lining very close to the fashion fabric hem, one day I will get it right.  It is one of the reasons that I want to do a suit-a-month to sharpen my skills on jacket making, for now it will suffice.  The jacket back has a center back seam and the lining was cut on the fold adding 1" for more ease.





However, it did pose a problem when I decided to add the chain to the hem line. I felt that I was perched on the very edge of a cliff and trying to keep from falling off when I hand stitched it to the hem line.  Yeah I know overkill.  By the way did you notice anything about the ummm uh... burberry logo.





Ok.. moving along.  I also did tone-on-tone decorative stitching along the jacket, as well as the pocket flap... hard to see but just wanted my personal touch.



Here is a snippet of the sleeve



Oh, around 3:30am Sunday morning I felt that something was missing, but with sleep harrassing me... I didn't realize til 8:00am this morning that I'd forgotten to put in the shoulder pads...lol. 

Although the jacket doesn't have any closures, I wanted some type of closure and settled on 5/8" heavy duty snap fasteners.





The companion to this jacket is S4273.... talk about easy peasy... think I found a new pattern that could possibly become a TNT after a few more tries.  The pants went together effortlessly, no lining for these pants, and used my rtw pants as a template to tweak the pants pattern pieces.  The crotch is long and by using my rtw template, I was able to tweak the crotch. The pants has a side zipper with a high waist band, again by using my rtw template, I reduced the waist an 1" or so on the pants pattern pieces to accommodate the high waist band.  The front waist band has a seam... I inadvertently sliced the band on the fold and ended up having to cut the band in half and sew together... umm yeah... that's me... Ms. Betty the Blunder.



Hope to get a photo wearing the suit this week. 



Have a Great Week!

22 comments:

Melodye said...

You did a fantastic job! I can't wait to see what's next!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Okay the suit was nice until you added the snaps...and boy did that really bring it to life! What a great idea to add your own twist to the suit. It is simply lovely!!!

Faye Lewis said...

Wonderful! I love your idea of a suit a month.

NuJoi said...

Very contemporary. Your garments always have a refreshing urban. Love the attitude!

Gail said...

A suit a month is way too ambitious for me. I like this pattern and you've done a great job with the construction. That lining fabric is great.

Jada said...

Very nice job! A suit a month I know you can do it.

Irene said...

Your suit looks great! Love the snaps. Wish you success in churning out a suit a month.

Joyce in NC said...

Great looking suit. I will be eagerly awaiting your next suit. That's a great idea to do a suit a month.

del said...

Burberry vs. blueberry, how funny. I don't have a lot of fabric experience at all but even that price sounds fishy to me.

Love this idea, can't wait to see the model shots.

Opal said...

Good Job!

Serenity Love Sincere Peace Earth said...

That's hot

alethia said...

Great job and by adding the snaps it took a conservative looking suit to a modern comtemporary/conservative suit that is jazzy, sassy and classy.

Jackie said...

Great sewing, love the snaps. I can't wait to see your next suit too. That is a great idea though, a suit a month.

Sheila said...

Thank You All.

I know sewing a suit-a-month sounds like an overwhelming challenge. I love wearing suits and most importantly I love jackets, short-sleeves, long-sleeves, sleeveless versions. It's something about jackets.. I guess its my form of a security blanket.

I figured that since I sew between 2-3 garments a month, it would be equivalent to making a suit... right...lol


My plan for April is to sew a skirt suit, adding some variety to my suit madness and for the warmer months a dress suit... just keep mixing it up until I tire of the suit madness. Also, I like the idea that I will be able to wear the coordinating pieces separately with other items too.

toy said...

This looks great and I love the lining of course :)

Tanya said...

Really cute, you know I love the snaps. Don't beat yourself up over the lining, they still give me a fit.

Angela said...

Very nice suit! Can't wait to see a picture of you wearing it!

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Beautiful work ! Who would think snaps could look so wonderful ! Amazing. I like, I like !

Alethia said...

All I can say is, I LOVE IT in its entirety!! Beautifully done!

Adrienne said...

Great job!!! I love the snaps!!!

Cennetta said...

Beautiful suit.

Sister said...

Holy cow that looks nice! You do such great work...and at 3:30 in the morning?

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