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Chain to use for edging a jacket

SewNancy | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I am making a jacket that I have been looking for the perfect trim. On the back page of the Sunday Times Fashion of the Times is a Chanel jacket with narrow chain trim. I love it. The only place that I have found that has this is Toho Shoji and they want a $50 minimum. I don’t need that much it also is a bit fine, I think. Any body have a source?


  1. Teaf5 | | #1

    Does it look at all like the chain sold to weight draperies and curtains? Most stores that sell drapery fabric stock a variety of weighting chains, and several are quite beautiful.

    If not, maybe check your local discount store for chain link necklaces and belts; since those are currently fashionable, you can find them for less than $10 and can cut them to length.

    I've also seen a variety of linked chains in hardware stores, of all places, in a variety of finishes and weights.

    1. SewNancy | | #5

      Your idea about necklaces or belts is great, I was already thinking about that.

      1. Teaf5 | | #6

        Let us know what you decide to use. One of the delights of the Threads forum is hearing about the finished projects; it inspires me to get some of those many projects finished!

  2. mem | | #2

    is the chain on the inside of the jacket hem? If so just a gold  chain from your craft shop will do the trick .

    1. SewNancy | | #4

      No, the chain is used as an edging on the collar lapel etc. You can see the jacket on Chanel Spring ready to wear on one of the fashion web sites.

  3. ShannonG4d | | #3

    Contact one of the following sources, and tell them you want "chanel-style jacket chain"....





  4. jennys | | #7

    In Melbourne, Australia, the best source of chains of different weghts and colours is at the beading shops, where they sell beads and findings . There seem to be a lot of good websites in the States for beading, jewellery making supplies.

    1. mem | | #8

      hello fellow Melbourneite where are you??

      1. jennys | | #9

        live in the south eastern suburbs, running around after several offspring - a few reasonable fabric shops not too far away.
        jenny s

        1. mem | | #10

          I live n the inner north but now walking around after offspring but still chasing them!!!

          1. jennys | | #11

            someone tells me that you never stop running after them - we were late starters and my kids are 13, 11 and 7 in the year l turn 50!
            l'll be running after them on my walking frame. l sew for myself and the kids, and have been drafting patterns for myself using the 1953 edition of MH Rohr's pattern book - lots of interesting retro designs, and a distinct lack of instructions - it was a class text for a dressmakind/design course in the 1960's( given to me by someone's digruntled ex husband after his wife had decamped with several hans heysens ).
            Get a lot of material at darn cheap fabrics, cutting edge in malvrn, and occasionally go to stitches, but their stuff is a bit too expensive for my wash and wear lifestyle - some really nice shirting fabrics around this year - making myself a variation of the wong-singh-jones shirt pattern from hot patterns
            regards jenny s

          2. mem | | #12

            Hello well we must be about the same age I am turning 48 this year I have 2x 13 year old s and a 19 year old .  I live in Brunswick and we have a few good sources of fabric over here . There is a great shop on Lower Heidleberg Road in Ivanhoe .Cleggs in Lygon Street are also a goody Nice to hear from you

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