Monday, September 7, 2009


This weekend I cut my jacket from the good fabric. I still need to thread-trace all pieces.

Having the little bits and pieces as remnants of the fabric gave me the opportunity to experiment with the yarn to make trims. From the start I wanted to try to make my own trim. First because buying trims is difficult here (no specialized stores that I know of, and choice of trims very, very limited) and second because I like to have a more casual trim, as this suits my lifestyle better. No need for very formal clothing.

I've made several small experiments, all with the weft threads of the fabric. Most of them were no success. I'll show you the one I'm contemplating using.

Below picture shows the warp threads clearly, which are black and grey. I've taken out the weft threads to make the trim.

The pictures don't do the colors justice.

The black thread is made from a knot of special yarn, of which I crotcheted a strand with two threads, I used black because I want to emphasize that color a bit in the fabric, over the brown that is also in it. The other two are crotcheted with the weft threads of the fabric.

The result of three strands of threads in a braid. As I have relatively short ends of threads, there are a lot of thread ends. I'm not quite sure about this trim, it is a lot of work, and I think I will have to buy a little extra fabric if I want to do this for the whole jacket. I'll let it lay around for a day or two to make up my mind.



  1. Trim looks excellent.Most creative. Hope your fabric was not to expensive if you need to buy more,but then,trim is expensive also!

  2. Perfect trim and great technique. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Very creative and the black in the trim does bring out the black in the fabric.

  4. I love it! I like that the trim has a softer look than most ready made trim. Elegant but not the too dressy look you are trying to avoid.
    If you look at older, real Chanel jackets the trim tended to be much simpler than you see on knockoffs.

  5. Very nice! I may do something similar if/when I ever get around to my Chanel jacket.

  6. I don't have access to great trims either. If it turns out that you don't have enogh fabric..when I made my Chanel jacket, I used the silk charmeuse lining fabric to make the trim...less orthodox, but I liked the bit of shine. (

    Threads had a great article on making edge trims, if you wanted to use a lining fabric. It was their June/July 2009 edition p52-57 "Living on the Edge, Tahari-inspired trim details make your creations the center of attention"

  7. Hm... I know where you coming from with the short strands lurking out. I beg to differ with anybody else, but I think it would bother me a bit (the stands straying out of the braid) - that's me (hope I don't offend anybody)!
    I myself have to go through this process, because I also want to use the weft threads of my fabric. Thanks for letting us participate in your thought process.

  8. There is a wonderful shop in Utrecht (Lijnmarkt),this is another side of street of shop called Filati Modilaine Wolspeciaalzaak. You really have to see the choise.

  9. That's an interesting concept. I'll be interested to find out if you use that trim.

  10. I love the trim ... it really works well with the fabric.


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