More Fringe

One can never have too many boucle jackets. This may be primarily because boucle disintigrates whenever you look at it, and nearly vanishes when you touch it. Clothes made from boucle go from chic to shabby chic in one season. Luckily, they retain the chic for a considerable amount of time before becoming just shabby. This boucle jacket is still one of my favorite things to wear in the fall.

The boucle for my new jacket came from The have fantastic tweeds. There was another boucle at Michaels that I wanted to buy, but I told myself that I would only buy the new one if I managed to make up the one I already have AND if the new one is on sale. Then the Michael’s Fabrics Black Friday sale came along. I ordered the new fabric even though I was not quite finished with the last boucle project (pictured here). I promised myself that I would complete this jacket before the new fabric arrives. This morning, just after I finished the sleeve lining (the last task on this jacket), and was setting up the backdrop for the photos, the doorbell rang. It was the UPS guy with a Michael’s Fabric box. Excellent timing!

The pattern in very loosely based on Vogue 8259, the Claire Schaffer Chanel jacket pattern. I added a collar and lapels, lengthened it, took it in at the waist and substantially re-drafted the sleeve and armhole for comfort and pattern matching purposes. And perhaps made some other changes, as well.

The buttons are heavy enamel flowers. I love buttons with some weight to them. The sleeve and front buttons do not match exactly, but they are close enough.

The fringe method came from a short article by Kenneth King in Threads 137. It’s really clever, and it allows you to put fringe without adding any bulk.

Detail of fringe on lapel and cuff

lapel detail

Shoulder detail. I am totally chuffed about my pattern matching at the armhole seam. The back armhole seam matches, too.

Front detail: pockets, buttons, fringe

Cuff detail

Back View

Inside with quilted lining. The lining is silk twill.



  1. Posted November 30, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Absolutely stunning! I love the attention to the details…they truly make this jacket special!

  2. Posted November 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I think this might be one of my faves of your garments. I love the boucle. The changes you made to the pattern are sheer genius. LOVE THIS!!!

  3. Posted November 30, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I love your fringe jackets! I still remember your first jacket. My wishlist for garment making grows and grows….

  4. Posted November 30, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Fantastically beautiful work, as usual, Claudine! I love the fringe. I love boucle. And I love both combined into the beauty of a well-tailored jacket. The collar is incredible.

  5. Posted November 30, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks everyone! This was a lot of fun to make.

  6. Posted November 30, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I have to agree, I really think that this is one of my favorites of your jacket projects. Gorgeous.

  7. Patti
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Beautiful jacket, Claudine!

  8. Posted November 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Did you remove ease from the sleeve cap to get it to match front and back?

  9. Posted November 30, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Permalink | Reply

    A beautfiul jacket, the fringe is very cool, and the pattern matching incredible.
    The new fabric timing, wow! I hope you have as much success with the next project.

  10. susan c whelan
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Fabulous, beautiful jacket. You must be so pleased with it. Best of luck with the new fabric. Can’t wait to see what you create next!

  11. Kathryn, aka fzxdoc
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Permalink | Reply


  12. Shams
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 8:21 am | Permalink | Reply

    Gorgeous, Claudine. I think I like this fringe jacket even better than the last one! And I’m impressed with your fabric-buying discipline. πŸ™‚

  13. Posted December 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

    There is never enough fringe. And this is pretty fluffy fringe, too. Nice job!

  14. Posted December 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Still on sleeves and armhole shaping since I can never seem to get them to fit comfortably. Do you belong to her forum, and is there more information there because I’ve seen this information before and the info is really skimpy. Can you post pictures of your pattern pieces?

    • Posted December 2, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I do belong to her forum. There is more info there, but even with the extra info, I had to extrapolate a bit. Kathleen does not say anywhere, “if you are starting with a Vogue pattern, add 1″ here and take away 1/2″ there”. It’s more like, “This is the shape you need. Play around until you get it.”

      That said, the fee for FI is totally worth it just for the hours of fun you can have with all the wild stuff they post there. There’s a whole white paper there on torque in twill yardage and how to deal with it.

      My pattern pieces are an absolute mess, plus it’s a 3-piece sleeve and a front, side front, back on the body of the pattern. Oh, and I ended up hacking off a bit of the sleeve after I cut it, which is not reflected in the pattern. They probably would not be helpful.

  15. Posted December 5, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wow, Claudine, this is beautiful. All your garments are wonderful but I particularly like this. Beautiful matching of the subtle stripe too πŸ™‚

  16. Posted January 2, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

    That is really beautiful and the matching is just fantastic . You have inspired me even though it sooooooo hot here in Aus at the moment.

  17. Posted May 14, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I am speachless! It is fabulous! I love this jacket. You are great inspiration for me – it is time to start preparation to make this jacket (in the end).

  18. Jeff L
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wow, the possibilities are endless as this is very versatile. Jeans, skirt, capris ………… Very nice!

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