Social Sewing

The “Go Chanel or Go Home” blog promises to inspire me to start working on a classic jacket. Chanel jackets are sewn slowly with lots of basting and handstitching. I’ve been reading some books about Chanel and how influential she has been, far beyond the wool suit trimmed in braid that First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy made famous. She designed jersey dresses and cardigan suits, tiered evening gowns, and tweed jackets with notched collars, among many other garments and accessories.  I think she wore a hat with everything (except maybe her pajamas). Sewing can be a solitary occupation, and it’s great to have a group sew-along to make it more social. And when you finish and upload a photo of the completed project, you get to have that “look what I made” thrill.


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