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Mademoiselle Chanel Classic Cropped Jacket

Hello Makers! This month I’m really excited to show you what I’ve been making. I’ve created a classic cropped jacket, influenced by Mademoiselle Chanel herself, with a glitzy twist with thanks to the lurex Coating Fabric.

The fabric is black with white, turquoise, royal blue and gold stripes woven in. The way the stripes have been woven in creates an interesting texture on the fabric, each stripe is slightly unique and it creates a one-off piece. It was my first time using lurex and it appealed to my inner magpie as I ‘ooo’ed and ahhed’ at the fabric as it sparkled in the light. The fabric is a coating weight, the structure makes it great for jackets, but for me, it wouldn’t be warm enough for a winter coat, so that’s just something to bare in mind. 

I used the Sew Over It Coco Jacket, which is a lined, collarless, cropped jacket with a nod, as the name suggests, to Coco Chanel’s signature jacket. The pattern is a wardrobe staple, it can easily be transformed dependent on fabric choice, choose a plain wool for the office or a more interesting fabric for jazzing up a weekend outfit or for a night out. 

The pattern came together with ease, it has princess seams which allows for plenty of fitting if necessary. I interfaced the front two pieces, as the instructions advise, there is the option to interface the whole jacket, but the fabric has a good structure, so I didn’t feel it was needed. You use the same pattern pieces to construct the lining, and for that I used some yellow gold lining I had left over in my stash. I felt the lining colour brought out the gold stripes in the main fabric and made putting on the jacket feel extra special.

Anytime you use a fabric with stripes, there is the pressure to match the stripes, which can put a few people off, but my approach is just to go for it. I managed to achieve a good stripe matching  on the back, but found it trickier with the princess seams on the front. Instead of unpicking it, I let it go, the way the raised stripes are woven in, they are slightly wobbly, which is all part of the charm, so it takes the pressure of to achieve total precision. 

It’s a jacket that pushed me out of my comfort zone, as I’d never used lurex before, but I love it. The colours are all within my wardrobe colour palette, the stripes are classic and tailoring of this jacket is timeless. I plan to wear it with black jeans, a round neck black top and heels for a night out to really celebrate the fabric. For a more relaxed feel, I’ll wear simply over blue jeans, gold ballet flats and a white t-shirt. It’s temping to wear only sparkly fabric just for special occasions, but I think it’s important to celebrate everyday as Coco Chanel said  ‘A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous’.

Thanks for reading and I hope it inspires you to keep on making. 

Claire 

XO 

@makersgottomake

www.makersgottomake.co.uk

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