A lot of sewing, a bit of knitting and some random thoughts on incorporating creativity into every day.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Signe Chanel Documentary Series --- Wow!
The five-part Signe Chanel documentary series was made in 2005 --- ages ago! --- so I'm sure most fashion-focused people have seen it already, but I just caught it last night on the Sundance Channel. Wow! I loved the "inside look" at how the 2004/2005 fall/winter couture collection developed from sketches to final runway show. The personalities, the little workroom dramas and the mounting anxiety that you could actually feel as the runway show neared --- not to mention the garment construction scenes --- really made this a must-see for me. I especially loved the braid maker --- she was a hoot! It was amazing to see how she made the braid/trim for the iconic Chanel jacket --- she unraveled the fabric used for the jacket (by hand --- no machines here) and re-wove them into a braid using a hand-crafted loom her brother made for her years ago. I was inspired.
I am a science/medical communicator who loves fashion and making beautiful clothes. I love tailoring jackets and coats; learning new sewing techniques; and wrestling with the mysteries of achieving a perfect fit. I live with a very supportive husband who has acquired an alarmingly large volume of knowledge about sewing, and a confident cat named Simon who insists on luxuriating on freshly washed and pre-shrunk yardage. I also design patterns for hand-knitters -- to see some of my work, check out www.jeankaori.com/blog. Thanks for visiting!