Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Faux fur trimmed SW Ikina Jacket is finished

Using a combination of hand and machine sewing, and some steam a seam to secure the faux fur trim inside collar band, the jacket is finished.   Although I had days when I was too exhausted to sew, and I have difficulty with sensation in my fingers and have to lean on something to stand at the ironing board to press,  I persevered and made progress a little at a time.   When I do a channel quilted lining again,  I wil NOT,  and do NOT recommend cutting rectangles of lining and quilting them to the jacket fronts and backs as I did this one.   It is too much of a kludge because you end up with a lot of trimming; have to hand stitch the shoulder and side seams and it is difficult to attach the sleeve lining after the fronts and back is quilted.   The real Chanel jacket lining (see the Flickr photo set) was cut a bit larger to accommodate the quilting, assembled, inserted into the jacket, and then quilted in strategic places on the fronts and back - nothing on the sleeves.    Do it that way.

This soft, pliable mocha faux fur looks the same whatever the direction,  is easy to work with and very forgiving.  While cutting I had to keep my Dyson hand vacuum cleaner handy since the fibers get all over the place!  

The jacket is cozy, flattering and works with many things in my wardrobe - very important to me as you all know!   Next project on the cutting table is the new Sewing Workshop Tosca Dress using the same silk twill that I used to line the jacket, shortened ten inches without the pockets.    I'll post photos of me wearing this jacket soon.   The jacket and Tosca dress will be a great holiday ensemble.   More photos on my Couture SW Ikina Jacket Flickr Set

Open to show lining
Detail of inside front band and lining


  1. Your jacket is beautiful! And that you continue to work and create through your illness and recovery earns my deepest admiration. Your description brought back the worst days of my Lyme illness, and I certainly didn't create anything as beautiful as this. In fact, I'm just now getting back to sewing.

    May you have good health and good sewing in the new year!

  2. Really lovely, Terri! And I widh for you, as did Petesomom, good health and happy sewing in the new year! Anne

  3. Hello Terri, Your jacket looks FABULOUS on you. The colours and textures really make it something special,and classic. And those shoes look so very confortable. I stumbled across your blog when I was looking for inspiration for a tweed jacket. I have a few yards of handwoven tweed and want to sew a jacket. Thanks to your posts and all the notes you added--I am ready to take the plunge. almost ready. All the best for good health, and lots of sewing.


  4. Thank you Lucette -- I am doing so much better now and hope to continue healing. I'm glad to inspire . My advice with your handwoven tweed is to keep it simple.

    If I were to do this again, I would assemble the front and backs (fabric and lining) separately at th shoulders and the side seams and THEN quilt the lining to the tweed. Just make sure you give yourself enough ease to quilt the lining.