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|