I thought it was about time I made up the Vogue 7975 in a boucle wool that was hiding in my stash. I had been wanting a chanel style jacket with a fringe trim ever since I came back to sewing, but I didn’t know how to make the fringe. My daughter tells me fringe trimmed jackets are much more up to date. However the September/October issue of Sew Today had an article by Claire Schaeffer on making Chanel trims! Just what I wanted, so here it is.
It’s not all difficult to make fringe when it comes down to it. Just cut bias strips of fabric and organza, and proceed as above. Claire Schaeffer then says to treat it as piping, by which I assumed she means sandwich between the front and facing layers and sew together close to the edge. Anyway that’s how I did it, and it came out well. I did not fringe the neck edge as I thought it would be itchy.
I made up patch pockets with a fringe trim and sewed them on by hand before attaching the lining. I machine sewed the corners for extra strength. I sewed the sleeve trim on the hem line by hand; if I’d thought a bit I could have attached it before sewing up the last sleeve seam and then could have done it by machine. I then turned up the sleeve hem and catchstitched it.
After attaching the lining, I turned the jacket right side out and pinned the lining of the sleeves and bottom hem close to the fringe edge, then catchstitched it to cover the organza. I sewed a length of gold chain to the hem to weight it down.
It weighs down the jacket nicely, I think.
I’m pleased with this jacket, and shall be wearing it next Wednesday to our WI’s annual Christmas supper in our cold village hall; it should keep me warm and smart!
What do you think of it with jeans? Suitable for drinks in a country pub which can be pretty draughty in midwinter? That’s enough collarless jackets for now I think, although there’s a nice one in the December issue of Burdastyle.