Butterick B4355 is a great sewing pattern for a Chanel-style jacket. The front of the sewing pattern shows a beautiful Bouclé green jacket . It 's a great sewing pattern , even for advanced options.
The sewing pattern Butterick B4355 is a sewing pattern for an entire outfit: a dress, jacket, pants and skirt. The great combinations are showing a lot of inspiration. We have made the jacket and extensively tested this sewing pattern.
The jacket is lined, has princess lines, mock welt pockets and the sleeves consist of two parts.
The recommended sewing level is 'average'. We agree with this recommandation with the exception that the mock welt pockets are not simple to make. It is also never easy to work with Bouclé fabrics. Tips for this: how do you sew Bouclé fabrics?
The fabrics that are recommended for the jacket are: lightweight wool, wool blends, garbadine (the light blue jacket!), Linen and wool crepe. On the front page is a beautiful jacket of green Bouclé fabric. This fabric is not on the list. This may be a mistake or Bouclé fabric may be catagorized as 'a wool mix'.
You can make fringes of the Bouclé fabric yourself. You also need buttons and shoulder pads. We rarely use shoulder pads in combination with Bouclé fabrics. If you make the jacket from gabardine, this would be great for creating the perfect shoulder shape.
We have made this jacket in the style that is typical for Chanel jackets, namely: sewing the lining/ quilting to the outer fabric. This method is best described in Claire Shaeffer's books: Claire Shaeffer's The couture cardigan jacket
It is more work, but it makes the jacket special and wonderful to wear. The model is ideal for this specific sewing technique because the model has princess lines. The two-piece sleeves are also great for making the adjustment in this way. If you use this method, you can also wear the jacket open or wear it over your shoulders. Or even choose an open-front option. Last adjustment is a fairly easy adjustment.
We skipped out the mock welt pockets. This was a personal choice because our Bouclé fabric is already quite 'busy' for the eyes. The pockets did not have much added value, which is often the case when the Bouclé fabric looks a bit less multi-colored.
Butterick B4355 is a great sewing pattern to make a Chanel-style jacket. The sewing pattern is easy to make by a seamstress with average experience. For the very experienced/advanced seamstresses, this sewing pattern is fun to adjust by attaching the lining to the outer fabric and giving the jacket a couture look.
You can read all about this (Haute) couture sewing technique in the book of Claire Shaeffer: The couture cardigan jacket.