Synopses & Reviews
If you want to make a jacket with the impeccable look of Chanel, this is the
book to have.
The Couture Cardigan Jacket presents sewing methods Claire Shaeffer developed based on her knowledge of haute couture construction and meticulous research studying original Chanels in museum archives and her own collection. Via the DVD, Shaeffer instructs readers in essential techniques such as cutting and shaping the jacket sections, princess seaming, quilting, making the 3-piece sleeve, adding the chain weight, creating the double buttonhole, and more. Where there is a trick or shortcut for an operation (without lowering the quality) Shaeffer demonstrates it, along with a host of sewing methods discovered via careful and meticulous study of Chanel originals.
The package is a perfect mix of instruction and insight into the complex design-details that make a Chanel a Chanel.
About the Author
CLAIRE B. SHAEFFER is an internationally recognized expert in fashion design history and construction techniques for haute couture and high-end ready-to-wear. She has served as Couture Sewing Technique Consultant for the Museum of the City of New York, is a long-time designer for Vogue Patterns, a frequent contributor to Threads magazine, and the author of numerous books. Shaeffer received the Professional Association of Custom Clothier's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, and was inducted into the ASGs Sewing Hall of Fame in 2012.
Table of Contents
Part 1—Chanel and Her Iconic Jacket: a look at Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel, the House of Chanel, and the development of the Chanel signature jacket.
Chapter 1 - Original Versus Copy, The Difference is in the Details
The characteristics of the Chanel jacket and the details which distinguish an original Chanel jacket from copies and knock-offs.
Part II—Sewing a Couture Cardigan Jacket
Traditional couture techniques—based on the authors research and original Chanel garments—used to create a Chanel-style cardigan jacket.
Chapter 2—Planning Your Own Designer Lookalike
Choosing a pattern, choosing muslin, fabric, and trims
Chapter 3— Couture Techniques for Marking and Cutting the Pattern
Chapter 4—Couture Techniques for Making Buttonholes
Chapter 5— Couture Techniques for Making the Jacket Body
Chapter 6-- Couture Techniques for Making the Lining and Sleeves
Chapter 7— Couture Techniques for Edge Finishes
Chapter 8— Couture Techniques for Setting the Sleeves
Chapter 9— Couture Techniques for Making the Pockets
Chapter 10— Couture Techniques for Finishing the Jacket
Part III Appendix
A Library of Trims used on Chanel Garments
Dating Chanel Designs