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Chanel Coat Inspiration

When I saw this Chanel Coat in the online fashion show I knew I had to have it or I knew I had to make one like it. I was more than sure the cost of this coat would be about $4,200 whew too rich for me.. However, when the collection was released, I couldn’t wait until I found out the REAL Price :-O

Umm yeah that will never happen unless I hit the $455 Million Dollar lottery currently going on! Heck that price can purchase the Bernina 560 I need, two student machines and fabric for my ready-to-wear.. anyway I digress.. here is my actual creation from this inspiration..

This is a beautiful 100% Wool Tweed from Mood Fabrics I purchased mine at the store in New York but there is a similar one Here.  I used Burda pattern 7020 with the following modifications:
Added 2″ to sleeve and added a fringed self fabric band
Added a waist casing for the leather belt
I obtained the leather belt (which is simply a leather tie by the yard) from ToHo Shoji Trimmings in New York along with the Swarovski Balls on the end of the leather tie.
I loved making this coat! My client was so amazed when she saw it and want to purchase it from me..lol
Dets on the rest of the outfit:
Leather pants DIY (details coming soon)
Suede Hills with studs — JCrew
Ring DIY (details coming soon)
More coming soon ūüôā

First Fall/Winter Outfit Completed!

When I saw the skirt fabric in Mood Fabrics I knew I had to have it and I knew exactly what would become of it! It sewed like a dream and it has so many other colors to bring out of it.  While the dominate color is charcoal, I decide to pick up on the hot pink circles and make a beautiful silk top to go with it.  Koonan at Mood assisted picking out the fabric! He is such a doll! Below are my pattern reviews:

Project Review Detailed

Pattern Description: Top is McCalls loose-fitting pullover tops with gathered front neckline and the skirt is by New Look and is a set of peplum style skirts. I altered the skirt pattern to just a simple pencil skirt with back slit and overlooked the inside with the same color as the blouse.  Just to give it a peek-a-boo look on the inside. Besides why keep changing serger thread.. it really worked!

Pattern Used: McCalls 6650 and New Look 6003
Pattern Sizing: Cut a 10 for the top, 14 for the skirt

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done? Yes, just like it especially the top, once you made the neckline it was easy to make the sleeve cuffs and the waistband.. they are all created the same way.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, the instructions were easy and clear.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Nothing it constructed well

Fabric Used: Silk Crepe and 100% Boiled wool from Mood Fabrics
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Had to alter the hip area

Would you sew it again? Yes the top and the skirt again, the top has so many variations it will never look like the same blouse!

Fabric Shopping in the Fashion District

Being dismayed with finding “unique” fabric here in Maryland and DC I planned a day trip to New York to plan my fall sewing projects. ¬†I knew for sure I want fabric for a coat and at least two (wool pencil skirts). ¬†I needed to find bulk pricing on notions (zippers and elastic), and I was seeking some pretty flowers for two garments I already created. ¬†
There were two stores of particular interest РFabrics for Less and Chic Fashions.  These two stores had the most charming gentlemen to assist and shopping there brought me back to the old days when they negotiated prices to get you to purchase more.  You always left those stores making a friend and a warm feeling to return again! I got some really nice finds and great prices.. (I will post my finds later).. However my only thing was these guys stores are not real organized LOL.  Its difficult to see all the yummy fabrics they have so your eye has a tendency to choose what you see and you miss out on the great other finds they may have.  
My last stop was Mood Fabrics and it was a pure dream! There is a lovely young lady in the front welcoming you to take your bag(s) for security and safety reasons — aka so you don’t place anything “extra” in your bag lol! Anyway the main floor contains all the silks, linings, denim, and fabulous knits.. OH my so many knits and especially Italian knits.. I think these are the most scrumptious knits I have seen so far.. Similar to the kings you find in Saks and Neiman¬†Marcus and they are asking $75 for a tank top! Here I was able to get beautiful pieces 72 width at only $10 and $12 a yard! I can’t wait to get sewing these!¬†
My best find so far was the Marc Jacobs 100% Wool fabric for the coat! I almost passed out when I saw it and my eyes would not allow me to view any other fabrics! I did find my two pieces for the pencil skirts and I am simply in love with them!  
I will post swatches of my finds later so you can see what you might have in store for yourself if you ever decide to visit the Fabric District.. happy sewing!

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