Ask: 1/10/11

Would you ever attempt to sew a "Chanel" suit — complete with the hand-stitching, chains and couture details? 


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. My goal this year is to get my sewing skills to a level where I can attempt such a project …… the inspiration you have given me is just the ticket!!

  2. Yes yes yes – that would be the ultimate outfit to test your sewing skills, though I can only assume I would be working on it for years – better start now!

  3. I am in the process of making one! But it is taking a long time with all that handstitching, and is on hold while we have summer here – I hope to have it completed for autumn!

  4. I would have to say no. As much as a Chanel suit is iconic, it simply does not fit with my lifestyle. I am happy to admire others’ creations, though. :)

  5. I have been looking at suits and wondering if I would like to try one for a few years now. After looking at her designs I think if I do attempt a suit I would probably try to make it look a bit like one of hers. Her designs are timeless. I had no idea she was the influence for all of J. C. Penny’s women’s wear. Or so it seems.

  6. Yes. I already made 2 Chanel jackets following a shortcut method that was described in a Thread magazine some time ago and I am going to attend a workshop with Claire Shaeffer about making a couture chanel jacket in June. We will make half of a jacket as a sampler and by the end of 2011 I hope to have finished a complete jacket on my own.

  7. Hmmmmm. I’ve been thinking about hand stitching lately, and although I admire the iconic jackets of Coco, they really aren’t my style. So yes, I would hand stitch something I was making if it fit the time period. But no, not a Coco jacket because I doubt I would actually wear it. To go to all the work, I want to show off my skills.

  8. margueritedesigns

    I’d love to have a go. I’ve read all about how to do it in ‘Couture Sewing’. Just need a patch of time to do it in now! I’ve already had a go at knitting a jacket in the Chanel style.

  9. Nope. As lovely and iconic as the Chanel suit is, it doesn’t fit my work apparel needs, my lifestyle, or my age. My opinion is that everyone looks more mature in a Chanel suit. Powerful, to be sure, and expensive, definitely. But mature. Now, I could certainly incorporate some of Chanel’s signature couture techniques into other garments, such as a more modern suit jacket or dress.