Above is a mood board I have created for the Little French Jacket Challenge. I wanted to draw together images, photos and my ideas together in one place, to aid me in my jacket design.
I want to keep the basic structure of the jacket simple, and use good quality fabrics and notions which echo the famous Chanel look.
As a result of my research, I have decided the following:
Main fabric: Boucle wool
Lining fabric: Silk mix
Embellishments: Hand knitted trim made from black textured wool, black/silver buttons
- V neck, with collar, as round necklines do not suit me well,
- 3 button jacket,
- 4 buttons on cuffs,
- 4 patch pockets (2 large, 2 medium), to be placed near the hem (no breast pockets) each finished with a button,
- long, straight sleeves,
- princess seams
- chain link attached to lining, for extra weight.
This jacket is going to take several weeks to complete, and so I want to be able to wear it with anything from jeans and t-shirts, to an evening gown.
My decision to use a silk mix lining is based on my research – having read that pure silk is prone to damage and rapid ageing, I think it would be wise to use a lining material which has longevity.
Most of the materials have already been purchased, so it is now just a matter of gathering them together and deciding if I should draft my own pattern, or use a commercial pattern. What do you think?
Looking forward to the challenge, but I know it will not be an easy one. Therefore I am going to take my time to create this garment, and try to plan everything before I cut the fabric.
I have also decided to make a matching skirt, based on the double side split skirts as showcased at the recent Chanel Paris Fashion Week. I will shortly post my fabric and notions selections, as well as a shortlist of possible patterns.
Are you taking part in this sew along? What do you plan for your jacket?
Mood board created by Busy Elle Bee
Sources: (reading rows from left to right)
1., 3., 7., 8.,11., 15. – Photography © Busy Elle Bee
7. – Styling and graphic designed by Elle of Busy Elle Bee
6., 12., – Photography © Busy Elle Bee (Original photography by Karl Lagerfeld)
10., 16 – Graphic designed by Elle of Busy Elle Bee
- Little French Jacket Sew A Long Challenge (busyellebee.wordpress.com)