Done and Done: The Chanel Coat

This coat has been many years in the making. In September 2015, I decided I would take a sewing class at a local shop to “unlearn bad habits” and work my way up to a pattern alteration course. I knew I probably had to start with a beginner class, so I signed up for a basic skirt course.  When I walked in to the shop, I immediately fell in love with the most amazing grey and silver wool in a rose pattern. I asked if I could use that for my skirt. “It’s Chanel,” was the response. So I guess that means no? 

Done and done: The “Gwen” skirt

This is possibly the longest I’ve ever taken to complete a single garment. It started when I pulled my sister-in-law’s name for our family secret santa. Hot off a pattern alteration course, I decided that I wanted to design the ultimate skirt for Gwen. Several paper drafts, fittings and two muslins later, I finally got…