What better way to start 2023 than with a Chanel style jacket! This version used fabric from Linton Tweed and features trim created from coordinating yarn plus yarns pulled from the leftover fabric.
Vogue 7975 is a great starting point for the jacket. I shifted the princess seams closer to the neckline and shaped the fabric as described in several previous posts. The round neckline as shown in the pattern was changed to a V neck.
Creating custom trim to compliment the fabric is the part of jacket construction I enjoy most. Here’s my method for this trim: step by step.
Using a size E crochet hook, chain as many stitches as you need for the length of trim desired. I make samples using 20 stitches. Measure the length of your sample to calculate number of stitches needed. If 20 stitches makes 4 inches of trim, then I need 5 stitches for every inch of finished trim. I measure the length needed for the sleeves and make that length first just to double check that I’ve calculated right. These sleeves required 13 inches each. I add a couple of inches to allow for turning under the ends. 15 inches per sleeve times 2 sleeves equals 30 inches. If every inch requires 5 stitches then 30 inches needs 150 stitches.
I used Sesia elegant yarn and a size E hook to chain 150 stitches. Turn the chain and make a double crochet in every stitch. Here’s the (what felt like miles) length needed for the hem, front edges and neckline in one length.
To even out the stitches I use my set of Trim Tubes. Weave a larger size tube (I used sixth largest tube) through the stitches and steam. Allow to cool and block the next stitches. This is the same as blocking your knitted or crocheted work.
Once the stitches are blocked use a smaller tube to weave two strands of yarn pulled from the leftover fabric through the crochet stitches. The yarns from the fabric are 54 inches long but they can be joined on the wrong side of the trim so the joins don’t show.
Nudge the blue yarns to one side and weave another double strand of blue yarn through, alternating the up/down with the previous row in a basket weave pattern.
I used an eyelash yarn in light grey and made a chain stitch along the edges.
Finally, a chain stitch using a smaller hook (size C) with silver cord along the middle of the trim.
Handworked buttonholes and silver buttons to complete. More jackets with new trim ideas in the works.
27 thoughts on “More Custom Trim”
Gorgeous and thank you for explaining how you do the trim.
Thank you. Hope you create your own custom trim.
I might like this trim the best of all I’ve seen you make. It’s simply a perfect compliment to this jacket, which is beautiful!
Thanks. Fun jacket to make.
What beautiful work you do. Thank you for sharing your process.
Stunning jacket! I love the tweed fabric, the beautiful trim you created, the buttons, the construction, everything about it!!!
That trim is amazing. It’s prefect for that jacket. Thanks for sharing how to make it.
Thank you for explaining how to a so beautiful trim .
Superb trim and color matching! Makes me want to touch it! Gorgeous jacket and precise fitting too…wow!
Thank you. Have fun making your version.
Exquisite and thank you for the lesson. It is inspirational.
Thank you for sharing this!
Thank you, I’m so inspired to make this trim, great instructions.
Thanks for reading. Have fun creating trim.
Absolutely beautiful. The trim is perfect with this lovely jacket. It really is inspirational. Thank you for sharing.
You’re welcome. Hope you experiment with trims.
Your trim is gorgeous! And nice work on the explanation & photos of how you made it.
Gorgeous jacket and fabric! Thank you so much for the detailed information about making the trim! From which store do you order de sesia yarn? I googled it and couldn’t find a place with different color options. I really like the thicknes and quality of it. Your trim really complements your jacket
I just discovered that Sesia yarn has discontinued Elegant. What a bummer! It was one of my favorites for making the crochet base for many trims. I’m searching for alternatives and will post my findings in a future post. Thanks for reading.
Looking for Sesia yarn I found this one that looks kind of similar, no shiny fibers though
I will order one to crochet the base of the trim and see if the result is as substantial as yours.