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Sewing- mini tutorial – CHANEL JACKET TRIMS

Sewing- mini tutorial – CHANEL JACKET TRIMS

Creating A Unique CHANEL-style trim

Last year I made my first Chanel-style jacket.  Finding a suitable trim, a hallmark of a Chanel, proved to be challenging.  I decided to try making my own.

I began with a skein of ribbon yarn and number 9 knitting needles.  Four stitches provided a nice width and using a basic stockinette stitch  I created a long strip.  Stockinette stitches tend to curl at the edges which works to advantage for hiding  hand stitching when applying the trim to the garment.

Creating a trim from ribbon yarn

Creating a trim from ribbon yarn

I would recommend making individual strips for each pocket and a continuous length for the center front and neckline.  By doing this it will reduce the chance of the trim unraveling at the edges during application and can more easily be tucked in at seam lines or pocket edges.  Otherwise, apply Fray Check or a fabric glue to secure the edges.

Once the trim is completed it can be attached by hand-stitching into position along the pockets, center front,neckline and sleeve edges.

Creating a unique trim for Chanel-style jacket

trim applied to sleeve edge

Couture Sewing – Fugiwara reversible jacket and coordinating handbag


In general, I like to wear classic tailored clothing, but every now and then I find myself wanting to try something different.

The pattern is by Koos van den Akker who specializes in oversized clothing with glorious detail.  It is also reversible.

I selected a waffle weave cotton for the inner and outer shell and an interesting Samurai pattern by the fabric designer, Susan Faeder who specializes in Japanese prints.  The black and white bias trim was cut from a piece of cotton printed with a Celtic knot pattern.

Back view

Detailing on jacket face and sleeve finish.

Coordinating bag made from scraps of the fashion fabric combined with complementary duppioni silk solids and stripes.

Interior lining of bag with pocket and snap closure.