Plaid jacket alteration saga

Ok here is a pic of me wearing my altered jacket. Before pic is here

altered jacket

This jacket was originally size 44 and I am now size 40 (Burda sizing).

I did not take a picture of me wearing it before I stabbed it with my seam ripper, no. The sight was so abominable and the good outcome was so unlikely, I was not going to show it to anyone in case of my (very certain) failure. I would have just buried it somewhere and pretend it never happened.

To my astonishment, the jacket has proved to be a real fighter. Not only it fits now, it fits damn well.

So here is a step by step in case you are crazy desperate brave enough to follow in my foot steps.
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Making Chanel jacket video

I saw this video discussed on Pattern Review and decided to share it with you.
I am surprised to see Chanel seamstresses using plain sewers, fusible interfacing, buttonholer… They are sewing over pins ( wouldn’t industrial machine simply bend them all? )
I thought Chanel was sewn exclusively by hand? What happened to couture techniques? I am confused.

What is your opinion on this?


I know what you are thinking : “Gosh, that woman has been sewing this purple jacket forever!”

Well, not really. It only took me a week to finish it, but describing the process takes much longer than process itself! I even wore the jacket a few times ( one of them to the playgroup ) and my incandescent purple self was sticking out in the crowd like a sore thumb :)

Ah, I was feeling so bright on that rainy day!

So today I am going to sum up my purple jacket post series. Previous posts are here:
Burda 7579
Puzzling discovery
Ode to a pocket
Oh yuk!! ( a brief life of an ugly collar )

What happened next

So since I made my sleeve vents and they came out rather nice and sharp, I finished the sleeves and proceeded as usual to set them in.
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