The vintage jacket is progressing slowly – the organza is cut for the underlining and the tailor tacking has begun – it will be a real vintage jacket by the time I’m done with it! I thought I’d show you a previous couture outfit that I made about a year ago. I’m also hoping this will inspire me to attend to the vintage jacket because my heart just doesn’t seem to be in it.
A few years ago we were driving down England on choir tour and were passing close to Carlisle where Linton Tweeds is located. I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to visit the factory and, more importantly, the shop. Linton Tweeds produces the most amazing fabrics for all the big design houses in Europe, renowned especially for Chanel. After three years the shop sells the leftover fabric that the designers didn’t want – so while not in season, you still end up with a unique fabric that you know was created specially for a haute couture house. What else to make but a second Chanel?
Husband selected this navy, pink and white tweed that has a fine sliver thread running through it. I also purchased a metre (yard) of matching plain pink wool for a skirt. I’m not a pink person – but these two fabrics were made to go together – so why not?
The whole outfit was completed with a silk chiffon blouse from Vogue.
The neck edge of the jacket was faced – but simply to give myself something to sew to as I was down to less than 1cm (3/8″) of seam allowance around the top. It also added a weight and body that the jacket needed over the shoulders.
I was determined to create a full couture suit so the skirt received the same kind of attention that the jacket did. It is underlined, lined and the waistband finish was taken, in part, from Claire Schaeffer’s Couture Sewing Techniques. Apart from the zip insertion (see Zen & Zips) it is a perfect fit even if it is pink!
The jacket is surprisingly heavy when just carrying it, but it really has that comfy cardigan feel when worn. As always, it goes with jeans and I’ve made navy trousers (pants) to ring the changes. A very versatile style.
Thanks for reading. Ruth