Friday, September 20, 2013

To Begin: Joining the Little French Jacket Sew-Along

Fabric and (possible) Pattern for the LFJ Sew-Along
This is my first post on this blog, and I know it should be an introduction to my point and purpose in starting it, but I don't have time to write that right now.

There's an exciting sew-along in the works!  I've been checking out a lot of sewing blogs recently, and I found an irresistible challenge:  The Little French Jacket Sew-Along!

I follow the blog My Sewcial World, where I found this enticing post.    I have devoured sewing books, patterns books and magazines for years.  (I used to sew quite a bit, and I always thought that someday, I would master some real couture techniques and create some timeless clothes that are truly satisfying to make and to wear.)

More recently, I have found inspirational treasure in blogs, such as Goodbye, ValentinoLa Petite JosetteRed Point Tailor and Sewaholic.  I also signed up for the Craftsy class, The Couture Dress!

Following the links at Annika's sew-along announcement post, I found the original challenge, including the schedule and suggested patterns.

Being a bit of a crank, I'm strongly tempted to use a pattern I already own and love, but that lacks some of the traditional elements of a couture piece, such as a two-piece set-in sleeve.  My fabric is also quite ornate, so many of the delicious details of a traditional Chanel-style jacket might be, uhmmm. . .de trop.

The Little French Jacket Sew-Along begins on October 6, 2013, and ends just before Christmas.  There is also a bonus Skirt Sew-Along in January.

All of this nicely coincides with what looks to be a can't-do-without new book by couture master Claire B. Schaeffer.  I may just have to make this book my birthday present to myself!

It's shaping up to be a very satisfying autumn!

N.B.  The Kwik Sew Pattern shown in the photo (K3577) is, apparently, SO out-of-print, it doesn't even show up on Kwik Sew's Out-Of-Print Patterns page.  I found one on eBay

/Cheryl Ann


  1. I'm so glad you stopped by my blog ( to say hello and let me know you were sewing along with this one. I just bought Claire's new book Friday! Amazon doesn't have it yet, but Taunton Press has them in stock and ready to ship. Amazon has a better price, but I am itchy to get started!
    Glad to meet you and share this SAL with you.
    Louisiana, USA

    1. So glad to meet you, too, Ramona! Thanks very much for visiting my blog! Cant' wait to see how our couture pieces develop!