The lady-boss of the House of Chanel:
Did you know that Coco Chanel was not only very different from most designers, but that she also worked very differently? She did not design on paper and did not have a sketch book. Unlike her successor, Karl Lagerfeld, who designed ALWAYS on paper.
When Coco Chanel started her fashion house, she actually had very little couture sewing techniques. She had taught herself almost everything herself and worked mainly from her feeling and instinct. She had a great sense of how fabrics could be draped around the female body.
Nice lady or a demanding lady-boss?
When she founded her Fashion House and became more and more successful she got assistants and employees....
One of the most read blogs on this website is the article on how to recognize a real vintage Chanel jacket. Imagine; suddenly you spot a jacket between all second-hand clothing that looks like a Chanel jacket. Is it really possible?
But the labels are cut out, and there are no Chanel buttons on them, but it can be a really authentic Chanel jacket ... Tricky to find out, especially since the labels and buttons can confirm the authenticity of a Chanel jacket. But there are other things you can tell from it. Read our article and who knows, maybe that jacket in the mother's closet is a real Chanel jacket or you accidentally bought a real one via Marktplaats, ebay or another second-hand clothing online store. Let us know, we would like to sympathize!
How to recognize Vintage Chanel couture?
How do you know you have find a real Vintage couture piece of art or just a fake copy? On first sight they look exactly the same, they feels the same and it seems too good to be true. It is quite difficult. These days fakes are on first sight as good as the real onces. There is a whole (black) market on luxury brands on couture, jewelry, toys, games and even make-up. Even Vintage and authentic goods are made with such an knowledge and technical materials; it seems almost impossible to recognize real Vintage these days.
We talk about couture on this website/blog and specific the French Chanel Couture. More specific the famous jacket and skirt.
We love this little book about the 50 modeclassics, their history and styling tips. Unfortunatly it is written in the Dutch and German language.
For those who can read it: herby the book review and hopefully you will enjoy it anyway...
The Lora dress by La Maison Victor has quickly become a classic. The Lora dress was in one of the magazines in recent years and was sewn with enthusiasm by many seamstresses and shown in photos.
Why was the dress so popular? Mainly because of the feminine shape that is just right in all sizes. From size 30 to size 48; the dress is beautiful and flatters the feminine shape through the figure seams that emphasize the waist but also hide a tummy.
The magazine was no longer available. "Do you still have the pattern of the Lora dress?" was a question circulating on sewing forums. La Maison Victor must have picked it up because suddenly the pattern was available, in a beautiful edition via the website and via all other sewing pattern shops.
The sewingpattern is designed in a folder, which contains a booklet with instructions and the pattern on a radar sheet.
The instruction booklet comes in five languages: Dutch, French, German and English. The booklet has no less than 60 pages and is easy to read and work. The instructions are clearly explained, just like in the La Maison Victor (see our blog about sewing magazines) and we work with colors, clear drawings and schematic representation.
The booklet is very complete: it even contains an explanation of sewing terms and abbreviations used. The design is beautiful and a nice handy A-5 format. Ideal gift!
Read our review (in Dutch)
but the sewingpattern comes in English as well....
Vogue V8959 is a pattern of a cape and would be part of our website under 'the Classics'.
It is not really a Chanel style jacket, but fits well within the concept of our website. A timeless classic, which is also easy to make in the Chanel style.
Read our review about the sewing pattern! Do we have any comments or remarks, yes one: at Vogue it falls under: VERY EASY. We doubt this. But with a little help from another, a beginner can make this cape just fine.
Don't underestimate it, however, because cutting the fabric, making the collar and sleeve openings tidy and finishes in particular requires a bit of sewing experience.
The cape is a wonderful piece of clothing, timeless, and ideal for all seasons.
How does the world of fashion look after the Pandemic?
It is clear that the world is going to change.
No one had seen the size of the Pandemic approach. And no one expected this to have such an impact on the whole world, as it turns out now.
We are working hard to limit the deaths and economic damage, but we are also looking into the distant future. How will we continue later?
Are we all going to travel en masse again? Do we board the plane three times a year to visit sunny faraway 'bach paradises' and especially to take a lot of selfies? Or will these journeys, as before, only be possible for the rich and the famous?
Do people take bicycles and trains more often, or will we soon be stuck in traffic again and will we accept air pollution and the negative effect of this on our lungs?
Are we mainly going to invest in alternative energy sources or is this not a priority?
Are we going to continue with the mass production of goods (clothing!), as cheaply as possible, with the expressed suppression of third world countries?
How do we continue with the gap between rich and poor that is widening?
Or do we take our responsibility on a global and local scale (and personally!) By dealing better with the environment, with sustainability and with the division between rich and poor?
All difficult and VERY difficult questions, but I think that especially the people from the sewing world have a long and broad opinion about this. Making clothes and stuff yourself makes you more aware of the raw materials, the time it takes to make something, and the value it has personally but also economically.
We wish you a lot of strength in the coming times and hope that everyone will find their (new!) way.
Keep sewing and make mouth masks for each other. Help people learn to sew, help repair clothes. Stop waste ...
Living more consciously, appreciating smaller things and, above all, not only thinking about your own gain.
Maybe Covid taught us this. Perhaps we will soon all be more NEXT to each other to tackle the problems of the near future: climate change, migration flows and the gap between rich and poor.
An interesting article from the Fashion world:
We have tested and created the sewing pattern of the Butterick B6378.
This blouse, or tunic, is easy to make and an ideal, timeless classic.
The blouse is not only very casual (the tunike closure) but is also chic because of the bow and our extra added edge à la Chanel.
Many blogs have been written about tunics. It is a simple garment, ideal for summer, nice and wide and easy to put on and take off quickly.
However, we have the tunic more among our 'favorites' because the blouse (especially without sleeves) is ideal for under a Chanel jacket, the bow makes the round neck, often without a collar, more 'complete' and looks very young (er) but also chic and timeless.
The blouse can be made in many types of fabric. However, we recommend especially supple fabrics, such as viscose, georgette and chiffon.
A polin cotton or linen is possible, but the blouse will then look a bit 'bulky' very quickly.
The ultimate in chic: white silk!
Shopping until you drop? Theslogan certainly does not apply now. But for seamstresses and creative people, it probably didn't apply at all.
The average seamstress probably loves shopping, but we often hear that they are very critical about the quality of clothing. Or they think: Oh, I will do a better job! Especially when it comes to cheap, mass production clothing. The finish is often lousy, the fabric is cheap and probably survives only a few washes and the clothes are by no means unique or personal.
Many reasons to start (learning) sewing yourself.
But where do we shop?
With these search terms on Google you will find what you are looking for:
A Chanel-Style jacket without trims or fringes? Impossible !
Coco Chanel made her signature trims and fringes longggg time ago and they are still famous and SUPER modern !
Let's start making trims and fringes and be creative as never before!
Read the book: Making designer trims by Claire Schaeffer
We have selected sewing patterns for reviews. These sewing patterns are all suitable for making the Chanel-style jacket. Our reviews are based on actual testing, ie: cutting, sewing, wearing the results. If you click on a sewing pattern and no new page appears: it is work in progress!
Most sewingpatterns are available at SewingPatternsShop or Naaipatronen.nl.
But some sewingpatterns are not for sale (anymore) or are even real collector's items, which we will mention in the blogs and reviews.
Buying a handy sewing machine is now a good plan! The worst thing in this bizarre time is that we don't know how long our #staythome will be necessary to stop the virus Corona. We look at the situation from day to day and hope that we can all go out again soon.
Enjoy spring, family at home and try to enjoy the ordinary things in life.
In the sewing world, there is a lot of anticipation that many people will now have time for their hobby. The fabric shops come with nice offers, the sewing magazines have interesting blogs and even patterns of mouth masks come along.
Many reasons to start sewing!
It might be an idea to finally make a decision and buy a sewing machine or maybe one more.
Take a look at our reviews!
Toyota TSEW2 Ergonomic (EN)We are happy to test the Toyota TSEW2 and came to the conclusion that this is an ideal machine for, for example, taking it to a sewingworkshops (if it continues in limited groups, or private lessons) or to sit outside. Table on the terrace or balcony, and enjoy the fresh air and creative sewing.
Making an Easter dress, sewing mouth masks or making summer clothes ... Very good things to stay positive in difficult times. This lightweight sewingmachine is just part of this. Especially as a beginner, it will be a great sewing machine and as a medium advanced seamstress you can have just as much fun with it.
Read our test report and make a decision!
The Chanel booklet is a treasure. Written by; Isabel Sánchez Vegara and illustrated by Ana Albero. It summarizes her life in a nutshell and has an eye for detail and her unique style.
"Gabrielle was different. While the other girls played, she liked to sew with a needle and thread"
We read and see how Coco Gabrielle Chanel built her empire through her unusual and renewed style. She created outfits for women that were stylish but above all gave the woman more freedom to move. The hats were practical and minimalistic, and the corsets were banned. Coco designed clothes for the modern woman who was not standing still in life but on the move, perhaps working (this was very unusual at the time). Her choice of colors, minimalist style and specific accessories such as the famous Chanel 2.55 handbag are still very popular and expensive 'must-haves'
Written by: www.mindfuldrawing.com
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