I began working on my Chanel-style jacket yesterday, here is the illustration and shell fabric:
As you can see it is a fairly standard shape, so I simply started from my existing jacket block with a princess line, which is a standard NZ size 10, and I graded it up to my measurements, which are a mish-mash of sizes between 10-14! I made a quick calico toile, and it fitted perfectly – I just need to rotate the sleeve forward slightly. Because I am after a cropped fitted look, I will shorten the body to high hip level and the sleeve to 3/4 length.
Luckily I happen to have perfectly matching silk/cotton in my stash, and I will use this for the lining. I have 5m of this silk/cotton, so might even make a matching blouse just like Chanel used to do. Hopefully I can think of something that is not too naff! A simple sleeveless shell might be nice, but I could have enough for something else – suggestions welcome!.
I will have enough main fabric leftover to make a skirt, so will put pink lining in that as well, but doubt I will wear it as a suit – that could be a bit too granny-like for me in this fabric! But maybe with black…..