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Monday, 25 March 2013

What happens in Baltimore

On the way to Baltimore

On the very first day of our French jacket seminar, the entire sewing group went to Mendel Goldberg Fabric store in New York. I popped in there just for a few minutes because I knew that despite the gorgeous fabrics you find in the store, the prices are extremely hight and start from $100 a yard (not even a metre!). My heart stopped beating for a few moments when I laid my eyes on the amazing fabric in this store, but it was too much for my budget. Instead, I went to B&J where I bought this lovely summer tweed for a jacket and skirt (3 yards) and crêpe-de-chine (4 yards) for a reasonable $200 in total. Well, I totally understand that Mendel Goldberg sell exquisite luxurious fabric from Dior, Chanel etc, but what I got was pretty much comparable in quality. After lunch, our group stopped at M&J Trimming to add trimms and buttons to our shopping bags.




My inspiration for the jacket (young, vibrant and happy) came from the Channel Resort 2012 collection and a piece in Burdastyle 02/2013 #107.

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What attracted me most in these designs was the nice balance of neckline and hemline: casual and relaxed yet elegant and feminine. Let's see what happens at the first fitting!




13 comments:

  1. Your yellow fabric is stunning and I love your ideas for patterns. I am intrigued by your last photo of the cutting layout. I always try to fit my pattern pieces on the smallest amount of fabric possible (especially with expensive fabric) so I have leftovers for something else, or in case of a mistake (!), but you seem to have loads of space between your pieces. This is not a criticism at all, just a genuine interest in how others do things. What will you do with your scraps of this gorgeous fabric?

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  2. Ohhh! That fabric is lush! I am waiting with baited breath for this one, Inna!~

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  3. Very, very cool. Lovely reading about that old store too!! Now I just can't wait even MORE (were that even possible) to get over to Baltimore and do this!!

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  4. As many other fabrics, tweed and bouclé ravel a lot. By spacing my pattern pieces as I do, I allow enough margin for raveling. Imagine if I don't do that and then sew my pieces together? So I would rather sacrifice couple of extra centimetres during the construction process. Another reason for spacing pattern pieces is the final fitting. At this stage of the garment construction you must know which parts still might require some modification. For Chanel jacket, sleeves are always sewn last and therefore the seam allowance of sleeves' caps and bodice parts attached to them should be bigger. Having said that, I guarantee you that there will be barely any scraps left. I promise to take the picture of my fabric leftover :)

    But the reasoning above concerns only fashion fabric. The layout on the lining is totally different and my seam allowances are way smaller for the same reason: crêpe-de-chine does not ravel.

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  5. Awww I am jealous of your adventure in Baltimore in the autumn! I wish I could return again *sigh* I am so curious to see what you'll come up with for both classes!

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  6. Ooh, what beautiful colors! Can't wait to see how this jacket comes together!

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  7. Great pattern and love the fabric. I think it is going to be sensational and young, vibrant and happy!

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  8. The pattern looks classy but modern, I love it! The first jacket in purple is awesome. I´m just finished a cape in emerald colour, but your fabric is prettier, because I have sewn it in cotton canvas.

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  9. I've started a pinterest board purely for chanel jacket inspiration and potential patterns - love the burda you've chosen, it's going to be fabulous. You would have met a local american lady named Leisa during your latest class? I blog stalk her like crazy - she's got the fabric budget and sewing time I can only daydream about at the moment. So this was your second class with Susan, yes? I'm sure there'll be more in store for you - maybe we'll even cross paths! ;)

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  11. Hi Inna, I'm planning on making a French jacket, using V7975 and changing the neckline to a v-neck. At what point in the process did you change the neckline? I'm a bit worried about distortion of bouclé on the bias. Did you use silk organza to stabilize?

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  12. Hi Marianne! I changed the neckline at the muslin stage. Don't worry about the distortion! Once you quilt your fabric it will not move. As for silk organza, I did not use it as it considerably changes the property of the fabric: your jacket will become sturdier. So, yeah, I wouldn't use it, unless this is something that you want.

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