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Bouclé Fabric: A Collection for Chanel-Inspired Success

In “Unraveling Bouclé“, couture sewing expert Helen Haughey examines this challenging but forgiving fabric, sometimes called Chanel fabric. Her love affair with bouclé fabric began nearly 30 years ago, when she constructed her first jacket.

This highly textured fabric has been a popular choice for garments since 1954. That year, Coco Chanel presented the world with her iconic jacket, in “buckled tweed” or bouclé. Since then, generations of women seeking sophisticated style have worn bouclé jackets and skirts. These days, bouclé is easier than ever to purchase. It is comfortable to wear and lends itself to one-of-a-kind looks. Men can enjoy a softly structured cardigan-style jacket in this timeless textile, too.

A collection of inspirational bouclé articles

Over the years, Threads has featured many articles and videos about couture sewing methods to help you make your own garments.

In this collection, we present some of these articles on the conventional uses of bouclé—as in a Chanel-style jacket, which can be sewn the couture way or via shortcut. We also offer some unconventional uses for the fabric. Included are a couple of techniques that will make your bouclé garments look great and last long.

One of Chanel’s favorite sources for fabrics was Linton Tweeds, first used in her 1928 collection.  The company’s fabric has been used in every collection since. You can visit Linton Tweeds virtually with Claire B. Shaeffer, an internationally recognized expert in haute couture construction techniques.

Finally, check out a pattern roundup for when you’re ready to try your hand at sewing with bouclé fabric. Patterns include the classic jacket as well as some unusual ways to use bouclé.


We have seen so many of our readers make amazing couture jackets, skirts, and dresses. If you have made your own bouclé garment, we would love for you to show it off. Be sure to share pictures in our Reader”s Closet gallery or tag us on Instagram with #memadethreads.

 

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