I added sew-in hair canvas chest shields, placed on the bias. Since the FF was quilted, it was very easy to stitch the shields onto the quilting just inside the sewing allowance. I had a little fun using up last bits from my bobbins, thus the different thread colours. The bottom of each shield is pinked and left free.
I added a rather large patch pocket to the left inside lining. It has a pleat at the bottom - this prevents any contents from pooching out and dragging on the jacket itself.
I added two patch pockets to the front. Yes, really. Can you see them? I assure you they're there.
|Patch pockets on lower fronts.|
|Now you can see the pockets very well|
I added sleeve heads made out of polyester quilting batting and foam shoulder pads. The sleeve heads were really essential to filling out those enlarged sleeve caps, and went a very long way to smoothing out most if not all of their easing imperfections.
I still haven't added closures to the front, and am yet to add any trim. The FF is bright enough by itself - yet trimming it up is de rigeur for the classic Chanel jacket. Should I or shouldn't I? I almost convinced myself to leave well enough alone, then came across this Crimes of Fashion (love the name) jacket, all blinged up. Oh yes, a little gold for my rainbow would really make it shine. As it happened, I had just purchased a length of chain to weigh down the hem, so I tested the look:
On one side the chain is simply laid on top of the garment. On the other, I threaded a couple of the bouclé threads through the links.
It's a subtle difference, yet like the second look better, it integrates the trim with the jacket. What say you?
I think I've enough bits and pieces left to pull enough threads for the job: if I trim up the sleeves and pockets as well as the front, I'll need enough to thread 2.6 meters of chain. Won't that be a perfect make-work project for an afternoon or two!