This was pretty much how I spent the day today – applying trim to my red Chanel jacket. No wonder the custom fit, hand-sewn jackets start at over $20K. I really enjoy stitching by hand, but I am discovering there are definite limits to my enjoyment! I would prefer not to keep count of all the hours invested in this garment, but I can honestly say LOTS.
As of tonight, I have applied all the black (2 rows!) and red trim to the front, neck, and hem edges, and stitched the signature Chanel chain into place along the hem edge. If I am not too grumpy tomorrow I hope to tackle applying the trim and buttons to the sleeves. That will leave only the pockets to design, sew, trim, and apply to the jacket. I am also thinking about adding some beads to the trim, but for sure that will wait for a later day. Enough already!
Back view,with some wonky sleeve hanging-ness. As many times as this jacket has been folded up and carted somewhere it is amazing it looks as good as it does!
Front view, with only slightly less obvious sleeve wonkiness. 🙂
And a closeup of the non-traditional silver chain, to go with my black and silver buttons:
Wish me luck, and happy sewing!