|Chanel 2012 (JBB)|
Doobee posted the other day about where she finds inspiration from – and boy she can not only find it at risk to her personal safety but also uses it. So I got to thinking about where the inspiration comes from. Mostly I pick ideas up from the Internet – other blogs, reviews and the like including a quirky French blog I follow – Folie de Mode – where JBB takes surreptitious photographs around Paris including the windows of the big designer houses. At the beginning of January she posted this image taken at Chanel. I fell in love with this suit, not just because it is Chanel though that’s a big reason, but I loved the skirt – that extra panel at the bottom just made a plain pencil skirt a little bit different.
So the yoke from Donna, the skirt pattern from Burda – appropriately modified to allow for the yoke- and off we go. I opted for a side zip instead of a back placement to keep the yoke intact.
While making up I decided to add a few extra touches. All the front and back seams are topstiched and just sit back and admire the matching of those seams. I added the bottom panel, just like Chanel, but put in a small kick pleat at the back so that I could walk.
The zip is an old fashioned non-invisible one so I put this in by hand and that’s when I went retro……
I needed a jacket that didn’t use up too much fabric but looked right with a straight skirt. So internet image hunting produced some further inspiration. I’ve moved a decade from the late 1940s (vintage suit) to the early 1960s