What's the BEST sewing pattern is to make a Chanel-style jacket? This question is difficult to answer. It all depends on what kind of fabric you are going to work with, what you expect about the shape of the jacket and what's your sewing level... In this blog we are going to answer the question and clarify our choice. However, we will clearly indicate about the end result and why we rate the sewing pattern in the top ten of our choice!
Janome has launched a new Cover lock machine; the 3000 professional. The coverstitch machine does indeed look very professional and is an absolute asset if you often sew clothes made of jersey, tricot, jogging fabric or other stretch fabrics. The machine creates very nice cover stitches that give the garment a professional look to lick your fingers.
We have tested the coverstitch machine or coverlocker for you and are happy to share our review in this blog.
Janome Coverpro 3000 professional
Weight of the Machine: 7 to 10 KG
The cover locker is delivered neatly in the box from the manufacturer, which means that it has not been repacked in a box from the supplier. This saves a lot of packaging material and we think this sustainable concept is great!
Delivery: The product is delivered within 24 hours of ordering.
Packaging: Box (12 kg.) 54 x 40 x 46 cm.
Unpacking and first impression: The coverlock machine is firmly packed with a lot of styrofoam. It must be almost impossible to receive a damaged product. This will in any case not be due to the care of the packaging.
The coverlock machine looks very professional because of the silver color and the heavy appearance. The machine is super sturdy on the table.
1. The cover and manual:
The supplied cover is a good plastic cover of heavy material. Not really very pretty, but functional and sober.
The manual is supplied in several languages and fortunately is not composed in terms of languages. The manual is in A4 format. The letters are normal in size and the drawings are clear. The manual contains 46 pages. In half an hour you have read the manual completely. With an average manual of an average device you will not do quickly...
2. Lighting The LED lighting is very nice. You can slide the top part of the hood forward for extra lighting.
Threading is easier manageable than threading a serger or lockmachine. The threading process is explained step-by-step in the manual and the drawings are clear. The coverlock machine itself uses color codes. This is always useful. Threading the lower looper is very easy, while this is usually the most difficult. Threading the threads through the needle can be done with an integrated needle threader.
The coverlock machine has a lot of space in the middle. This allows you to easily sew a centerline of a garment without having to stuff the fabric between the sewing machine. In terms of thickness of the fabrics, the machine can handle a lot. It has to be because with many stitches the fabrics are finally folded in half to create a nice edge. Stitch length can be easily adjusted from 1 to 4 mm.
The differential can also be adjusted. You can even do this while coverlocking (with your right hand) so that you don't have to move the fabric and a nice transition is made in terms of stitch variation. If you stop at the end of the fabric, or even half way through, you can easily pull the threads forward first and then lay them back through the thread cutter attached to the machine. Make sure you have enough length, so you can finish the wires neatly.
The machine has a pleasant sound and it is striking that the volume is very low. This is due to a ball bearing that significantly reduces the vibration.
The free-arm option is IDEAL! The free-arm option makes sewing couture a lot easier because you can work more precisely.
To test the machine, we made the sweater from the McCalls 7486 sewing pattern in a diamond jersey stretch fabric. The coverlocker could easily handle four layers of fabric. it was a pleasure to coverlock the raglan sleeves and they now look beautiful both inside and out. We also covered the pocket on the front and the bottom with a coverstitch. We sewed the hood together in the middle with two coverstitches. this creates a row of neat stitches in six widths. Of course you can also do this with four stitches if you think 2 x 3 is too much of a good thing.
The cover locker also saved us quite a bit of time. Instead of sewing the pieces together and finishing with the serger, we now did everything in one go! Both sewing and finishing.
If you like to quilt or are used to working with an extension table of the sewing machine, the extension table for the Janome is recommended. This extension table is spacious, stable and ensures that the fabric lies well. We have tried this extension table and see it as an essential part.
Two extra feet stand out in terms of accessories:
The 'clear view cover stitch foot' or transparent presser foot, has a transparent top. This is especially ideal if, for example, you are sewing a white t-shirt with white thread. Extra good visibility is then pleasant. It is also pleasant to watch closely during decorative stitches. There are handy markings on the presser foot, so you can work very precisely and also ensure that the start and end of the stitch placement are accurate.
The 'elastic gathering attachment foot' or elastic guide is ideal if you make lingerie or small children's clothing, for example. The elastic will stay in place better and come straighter in or on the fabric. Moreover, it simply works more pleasantly and makes this particular job an easy job!
Both feet and the extension table are in one package.
You don't have to do much with this coverlock machine. The manual contains tips for maintenance and troubleshooting in case of problems. There are also a few links on the supplier's website with tips for maintenance.
Parts are also always available: https://www.naaimachine-materialen.eu/ You can also easily find lost manuals by downloading them. These manuals can also be found per brand and type on the above link.
Coverlock Janome CoverPro 3000 is a professional coverlock machine that is an excellent addition if you like working with stretchy fabrics. The coverlock machine is also suitable for the experienced seamstress, the machine offers many possibilities to apply specific techniques. The elastic guide is ideal if, for example, you are sewing lingerie.
The free-arm option is ideal for working with.
Threading the threads is not difficult. If you use a coverlock machine in addition to a serger and a sewing machine, you are now able to make really beautiful clothes and finish them professionally.
The Shirtmaking Workbook is an instruction book about making shirts and blouses. It was written by David Page Coffin and has many photos with details and descriptions. Do you really want to learn how to make the perfect blouse? This book is your ideal guide. Or do you just want to know a little more about how shirts and blouses are made in general? It will be great as well.
How to make a Medieval corset? It's less difficult than you think. In our Dutch blog an extensive description of the sewing pattern Simplicity 8162 and sewing instructions for a Medieval corset.
We also tell you all about Medieval corsets. Their function, colors, the materials and especially the fact that it was mainly worn over the clothes.
In addition, many photos and the result.
The blog is only available in the Dutch language, but we hope it is good enough to understand. The pictures already contain a lot of information and Google translations might help you with the text.
How to recognize real authentic Chanel Buttons?
If you just made your own Chanel-Style jacket, (and it looks like a real Chanel jacket!!!), it will be bloody perfect to use authentic Vintage Chanel buttons for it. You are going to buy them online, or perhaps you have found them on a vintage market.... Are they real? How do you recognize these beautiful button-jewels?
Quilted ór 'stepped'fabrics are always 'very 'Chanel-like'. This is mainly because Coco Cahnel liked to work with stepped fabrics. The fabrics are also a bit the same style as the beautiful stepped classic Chanel 2.55 bag. Thats is why we went looking for a sewing pattern for a stepped jacket!
After you have made a garment, you want to show it to the outside world. Taking pictures for your Social Media, maybe for an online store or just for yourself. But how do you photograph your clothes in the best way? Many ways are passing by on the Internet.
We have some give tips and tricks for you!
Flat lay pictures:
Flat-lay pictures are photos of clothing or products which are lying flat on a table or on the floor. You will look up from above. This way of photographing clothes has great advantages because you can arrange the clothes exactly as you want. Various tutorials can be found on YouTube on how to do this best.
A disadvantage is the fact you do not see the clothes 'dressed'. It does not give a clear picture of the shape and as a viewer you may have to imagine how it will look in real life. The clothing is probably arranged in a way: making the sleeves appear narrower, creating a waist that is not there or making the entire garment look better than it actually is.
One of the reasons for taking flat-lay pictures is often the fact people don't want to be shown in the picture, for several reasons. For example because of privacy or because of the size of the garment. This way of presenting is also often popular because the photos are styled and look great.
Tip: add items that emphasize the clothing style to the pictures. A chic perfume bottle, a nice cup of coffee or a serious book. Jewelry or accessories. Styling the clothes in this way makes the photo more attractive for the viewers.
Detail photos are ideal to show if the garment has really specific or intricate details. This is especially important for seamstresses. Examples: sleeve ends, collars, slits or interesting buttons and pleats. Of course, the photos do not show the entire garment, but they are interesting to show to the outside world.
'The devil is in the detail'
Mannequin-photos are pictures taken by using the sewing mannequin or a shop window mannequin. That sounds easier than it is. It is not easy to make a good mannequin-photo. See photo above: the mannequin is not the right size and because of this, the jacket hangs limply on all sides and the jacket looks plump. A sewing doll has to be a bit correct in size.
You can adjust most sewing mannequins yourself, but a shop window mannequin often only has one size. On clothing websites, the clothes are often pinned and deformed until it fits nicely on the mannequin. That makes sense (see photo above) but not really the goal for a seamstress. After all, you want to show how the jacket turned out and without 'shaping' it for the photo.
If the details are invisible: zoom in and take extra photos! And of course: make sure you have a mannequin that is correct in terms of dimensions/sizes.
Clothing presentation on a real person:
If you prefer not to choose a sewing of shop window mannequin but want to show the clothing yourself (or on another), make sure you look your best. Ask the amateur photographer to take the photos from a favorable angle; at a distance, not too close and preferably at sitting height. In this way it will not look like you are having tiny legs and the clothes will look better in proportion. You can still crop in height or width.
Take several photos and move around slowly. You can later choose the most favorable photo on which the clothes are the best (and you!) Complicated poses such as professional models often are doing is not necessary and might look a little bit 'over-done'.
A professional photo shoot:
You might consider to book a professional photographer for a photoshoot and make an appointment in his studio. If you have a budget for it and a lot of clothes ready for the photoshoot! The big advantage is the result: professional pictures and your website will upgrade in terms of appearance.
You don't have to be a professional model. A good photographer will give clear instructions and there is often a mirror in the studio so that you can see how your pose and the clothes at its best!
Professional photos are always edited. This does not mean that they will suddenly look unreal or artificial. As photo above: it is often mainly the light and contrast edited to make the photo look better.
In addition, some details of the clothes may be edited too.
Sometimes photos are edited in such a way that the background is replaced by a suitable background or a background that gives the photo extra allure. You can do this yourself with photo editing programs such as Photoshop or Gimp. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube and if you study them, you will get skills to change photos yourself.
An other advantage: you will be able to partially manipulate photos if, for example, you want to eliminate disturbing elements in the photo or add texts.
Presenting and photographing your self made clothing is quite a job. Everyone likes to do it in his or her own way and often makes a conscious choice. Presenting self made clothes doesn't have to look super professional and no one expects it to look like a catwalk.
Going to a professional photographer offers many benefits and is often well worth the money. But if this does not fit within your budget and objective, it is not a disaster. Seamstresses prefer to see each other's sewing process, the difficulties of the sewing project and the results.
Whether you choose flat-lay pictures, presentation on a sewing mannequin, photos taken by your partner or by a professional photographer, be proud of all your work!
The English sewing patterns brand 'By Hand London' is on the market since 2012. The feminine casual style is eye-catching. The sewing patterns are made for all sizes, from S to 3 XL. In addition to women's fashion, there are also sewing patterns for children. We have made the Anna Dress and we are very enthousiast!
Inspired by movements of French painting, the Chanel Fall/Winter 2021/2022 show by Virginie Viard, took place amongst the Neo-Renaissance splendour of the Palias Galliera, City of Paris Fashion Musuem.
With the fabric types such as Bouclé and Tweeds you might think of thick, warm, wool-like fabrics for the winter. But there is more to it. The fabrics can also be very suitable for summer. Especially if there are a cotton mix and the colors have a summery look. We love it!
When you buy a fabric, you always immediately think of a certain style. This is because it is not only the garment that determines the style, but the kind of fabric says it all. For example, a dress in a leather look normally has a completely different look than the same dress in a linen floral fabric.
THE CHANEL STYLE is very recognizable, but it is less defined as well. Previously, the association with the "Chanel" brand was mainly a a perfect picture and an identical style. Nowadays the style is less conservative and sleek. The basic elements are still present, but there is much more interpretation for individual interpretation.
Ambassadors and friends of the House Chanel celebrated cinema during the 74th edition of the Festival de Cannes.
We were not yet familiar with the sewing pattern brand: It's Afits. Time to get acquainted and test a sewing pattern! At sewingpatterns.nl we bought a pattern for a stretch blouse. And at Driessenstoffen we bought a matching fabric. A lovely stretch blouse is the result and enthusiasm for the It's Afits brand!
Marfy Italy offers a free PDF sewing pattern to download yourself. It's a sewing pattern to make a Chanel-Style jacket and a matching skirt! We are very happy with the sewingpattern and also pleased that it is a typical classic jacket: elegant, with many 'Chanel' details and a matching skirt. In our opinion, the jacket is the pinnacle of elegance and class. As all the other the sewingpatterns of Marfy's DIY fashion!
Iǹes de la Fressange was Chanel's model for years. She did a great job and was a role model for many women. Nowadays she is still beautiful, without looking like she is trying too hard. Actually, she is the living proof of the fact aging gracefully is possible without Botox, plastic surgery or being addicted to fillers.
Inès now and then: enjoy the great movie of Loic Proigent!
Usually a sewing pattern for a garment is the starting point for a seamstress. Fabric recommendations are always indicated. But sometimes you spot a fabric in a store or on a website and you háve to have it. Only later do you think, "What shall I make of the beautiful fabric?" For example, we bought the cotton print 'Paradise birds on black' available at Budgetstoffen. Vogue V1659 and the beautiful fabric will transformed in: Summer chic blouse!
Butterick B6747 is a sewing pattern for a classic blouse. The blouse is very basic but also stylish and chic. We have created 'a very chic blouse' by choosing a Hèrmes-look-a-like print.
The faux-wrap skirt is a piece of art and looks inside as good as it does outside. The quilted skirt-lining is very comfortable. The faux-wrap concept allows the wearer to walk easily without restriction.
Combined with the Cardigan Jacket, we are now able to make our perfect couture designer suit in Chanel-Style ourselves.
We have already tested Vogue V1714 and turned it into a red brocade jacket. But we definitely wanted to use this sewing pattern an other time more, for other fabrics. We came across a petrol-colored suedine fabric on the Budgetstoffen website and fell in love with the fabric. A nice choice of fabric for this cool Vogue jacket!
It is June and the temperatures are above average. It's hot, very hot... How strange it is to watch the video about the new fashion trends for the coming fall and winter. But we did and we enjoyed the Chanel Fall Winter 2021/2022 collections. All those beautiful fabrics, colours, shapes, designs and the typical Chanel signature...
Here is the video, enjoy!