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Choosing Chanel-style jacket trims

Jul 13, 2009
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I always think of a Chanel-style jacket, pre-trims and pre-buttons, as an un-iced cake. The basic structure is there, the charm, the fun, and much of what really makes these jackets distinctive comes with the addition of the right trim. The sky’s the limit, of course, when it comes to choosing trim for your chanel-style jacket and I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the possibilities. Here’s a beautiful fabric – lots of nice brown in it, which has a little bit of sparkle. I think the trim should reflect this special quality of the fabric– so here are a couple of good trim choices. Sometimes a trim is lavish enough to stand on its own with out buttons, which might be the case here. I think this one is too subtle; plus, it’s got a bit of a greenish cast to it. And while a trim can sometimes introduce a new color to the mix, I don’t think it works in this case. Here are some trims for this black and white tweed – I like the two of them stacked together. These are often busy fabrics, and sometimes you need a bigger impact than that given by a single trim. This is a classic…

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  1. idabelleh September 10th

    While examining some Chanel-type fabric I noticed how interesting the selvage was. Voila! I used the selvage as trim on my Chanel-type jacket Matched perfectly.

  2. boweavil July 31st

    Great ideas and suggestions here. Another one I use is to make my own trims from the yarns of the fabric. An easy one to start with is a braid, if you have a fabric with enough bulk. Unweave the scraps, tie the ends together and hang over a naid and begin a braid - a 5 braid makes a good size.
    Keep adding yarn as the ends run out. It's better not to tie knots. If you like this, then investigate kumihimo braids for variations.

  3. User avater SewingForKids July 28th

    I have a question...I'm not very experienced in fine finishing or making suits... How would you apply the trims? Would you use fabric glue or hand stitch? (I would think machine stitching on the yarn would take away from its look.) I only dream of having the skills to duplicate Chanel. thank you in advance for your advice!

  4. denise July 28th

    have been wondering how to make my jacket look jut a bit better think the grosgrain with crocket on top is a great idea as if it does not suit then you dont apply it.
    Perhaps make three strands of crochet and plait it.

  5. platexas July 13th

    Susan, your article is a very special treat. For some of us (pointing the finger at myself) it is very difficult to start the imagination process. This has definitely inspired my imagination. Thank you.

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