Friday, March 25, 2011

Jacket – working on the inside

Some pictures of the work on the inside of the Chanel style jacket. Thank you for the tips on recovering lost pictures from a memory card. I didn’t use it this time, as there were only 2 or 3 pictures on my jacket lost, the rest of them were intended to be lost, as I’m doing a photograpy course and doing a lot of testing photo’s that were not worth keeping. But it’s good to know, I might need it in the future.

I’m not following the instructions in every detail. I’m using a not too firm hair canvas as interfacing on the front, instead of normal sew-in interfacing. I want to be sure the top doesn’t flip over like a jacket I made 2 years ago. This might be too much for the original style, but it’s my jacket, you won’t see this when it’s finished.

The lining and the interfacing on the front are quilted to the fabric, but not in every so many centimeters, but in pairs of two, spread over the pattern pieces. The instructions tell you to adapt the quilt lines to the pattern of your fabric, if applicable. I made sure the quilt lines are between the vertical black threads in the fabric. You can still see the diagonal baste lines that were done before machine quilting.

The interfacing on the front and the back (with lining, looks much more wrinkled than in real life.


Instead of only using an oval piece of interfacing at the location of the buttonholes, I used a strip of thin interfacing over the full length. My handsewing is not great, I’ll make buttonholes by machine, sure with better result than hand sewn buttonholes would be with me.


And per instructions: tailors’ tape on the front.

And the back neckline interfacing.

Hope to do some work on the jacket this weekend. And perhaps do some blog reading again, there’s not enough time in a day ;)


  1. It's looking gorgeous. I can't wait to make another jacket, too. I like your attitude about the interfacing. I will be interfacing mine next time also.

  2. This looks very involved. It's interesting to see what you are doing step by step. I am curious to see how you make machine button holes on such a coarsely woven fabric. I have some similar tweed that I will use the for the RTW jacket sew a long and I keep wondering how I will make the button holes.

  3. I intend to sew a Chanel style jacket (or 2) this fall, so I'm very interested in following your progess on this project.

  4. I'm sure all your detailed work will result in a gorgeous jacket. I'll be reading along.

  5. WOW! Amazing! No never enough hours!

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  7. Neat to see the inside construction of this. It'll be very interesting to see the endresult of all this work. Thanks for these construction posts, very helpfull.