10 Nov The Shanel SUIT
I always thought I wanted to be cremated, but now I’m not so sure.
At last, I have completed the coordinating skirt to my Shanel Jacket, which means I have a brand new suit!
Goodness, I never wear suits, but I’m going to start,
Over the last 26 months I’ve sewn many skirt patterns and deemed Simplicity 3648 worthy of sewing the last yard of the lofty Chanel tweed.
I so wish the camera could capture the beautiful metallic thread in the fabric! Can you see it now?
The skirt is one of Simplicity’s Amazing Fit patterns featuring six panels plus a two-piece waistband. Separate front and back pattern pieces are included for a slim, average and curvy fit. After sewing the front and back to the side panels, the fine-tuned fitting is found in adjusting the sides seams.
I selected this pattern due to the controlled fit the six panels produce. This is my third time to sew the pattern, and while the pattern is somewhat quirky (humongous side seams for instance) I knew I could get a nice result.
The pleats were a _______ to sew with such thick fabric – I don’t recommend it! I finally tamed the beasts by hand-stitching the layers together followed by a power pressing inside and out (using a piece of silk organza for a presscloth).
I lined the skirt with a luxury silk charmeuse I found at Mood Fabrics last month which I do not see on the Mood website. I was slightly sick spending $$$$$ on lining, but being the perfect color and so near the finish line propelled me to go for it.
‘Don’t I get my fabric at Mood for free, you’re thinking?’
I receive a monthly allowance, which I try to adhere to online. However, I was like a child in a candy store and bought way over my designated amount.
Now that the skirt is completed I’m glad I invested in such a fine lining, for it makes a huge difference in the final result.
I admit I am starting to spoil myself with high-end sewing. I do consider the entire Susan Khalje, Chanel Fabric, French jacket, trips to NY, Baltimore and now Shanel Suit experiences cherished investments I hope to apply to my everyday life in and out of the sewing room.
But for now, all I can say is Mission Accomplished and perhaps, time for a reality check!
Best wishes 🙂