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Monday, June 14, 2010

Totally Tweed

After seeing this I am thinking hard about how I will finish off my jacket.  It will have this exact neck line.  I was thinking on my bike ride as a million bugs were pelting my face how I could braid some military cotton strips in with the unraveled boucle that I have.  This neck line is so soft and well you know... GORGEOUS!

Vanessa Paradis wears a suit created in 1960, a perfect illustration of an enduring style. Photo by Karl Lagerfeld for the cover of Marie-Claire, October 2004.

Chanelisms.  Notice how the silk lining is stitched to the tweed outer shell.  How to describe the work... Like making enchilada sauce only you can't open a can of Rosa Rita. She doesn't know a better way. TRUST me!  Quilting the pattern pieces individually for this jacket is like making enchilada sauce from the actual peppers and tomatoes like 8 separate times.  Don't try this at home.


"Chanel first came across tweed as far back as 1924, when her lover, the Duke of Westminister, took her to London.  She chose this fabric primarily for its suppleness, for the way it 'subjates light to shape' but also for its woven palette of restrained colours that perfectly matched the skies and landscapes of England.'
- Daniele Bott, Chanel Collections and Creations, Thames & Hudson

Here is my muslin toile over the weekend.  My anti-social crafty time, listening to Garisson Kiellor talking about graduation and his first almost kiss sitting on a boat dock with his strawberry blond girl friendly.  Well what do you think?  Da pockets I mean. Not the boat dock. Geeez!

  I am hand stitching the tweed to my silk so it doesn't move around on me when I quilt it together.  It kinda gives me goosebumps when I am doing this.  I can smell the cigarette smoke from behind me as Gabrielle is watching me.  She is telling me that the military pockets are ridiculous.  She keeps telling me to keep it simple and elegant.  I tell her this is my way and go do your Coco dancy number thing.

Wes Anderson's, Darjeeling Limited short with Natalie Portman and Jason Schwartzman.   This video justifies my need for sewing this French inspired jacket.   Timeless style.  My tweed *actually boucle* jacket belongs in a room with tall windows with skinny steel frames.  The kind of heavy ass frames that have tons of coats of black thick paint.  Oh, and English Breakfast TEA a' brewin. 

American Modern, Thomas O'Brian, page 50.

Black steel window framed Parisian flat, Oh shopping cart I will click.


Anonymous said...

vanessa paradis is gorgeous! her style is always so perfect as well ;D and plus she has the greatest husband! aha

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Viva La Fashion said...

totally tweed. and terrific. :D

danielle and dinosaur toes said...

i love the large pockets, and i can't wait to see the finished product.

geez, i completely forgot you lived in phoenix! i had a bit of a layover there, so i could have snuck passed security and met you! maybe next time!

you've got an email coming soon!

Jen said...

That pink coat is so stunning!! Chanel has the tweed jacket down to a science! I'd have a closet full if I could! :-)