Little French Jacket and New Book


Hot off the presses and into my hands!  😀   This is Claire Shaeffer’s latest, Couture Sewing, The Couture Cardigan Jacket.

Amazon will sell these at a more economical price soon, but Taunton Publishers had these in stock and ready to ship. I’m in full planning mode for the little French jacket sew along and just didn’t have the patience to wait. Great delivery time. Taunton did an excellent job.

I am already half way through the book and love the instruction and illustration style.  (Should have shown a few photos..sorry!)  Orderly and easy to understand. Usually I use these as a reference and turn to them about specific problems. This is the first time to actually sit and read my way through a book of this sort. Well worth it.

If you have Claire Shaeffer’s previous couture sewing books, many of the techniques are the same, but I love how she walks us through the steps of putting this jacket together.  I haven’t broken out the CD yet, but I expect it to be as good as her Couture Workshop CD which I have.  I’ve watched it a few times already and have picked up some great techniques.

Seriously, if I could get past the fitting, I would be a happy woman.  The fitting just ends up making me so mad!

6 thoughts on “Little French Jacket and New Book

    1. I’m actually thinking of using the drape method to see if I can get a better fit on that jacket body. But, yeah, I’m a little ahead of the game. I’ll be watching to see how you do with this one. I only recently found your blog and have really enjoyed following along with you.

  1. I preordered this book through It arrived last week, and I read through it right away. This is the first sewing book I have read straight through, as well. It is such a great book! I definitely recommend it as well. I have yet to watch the DVD, but hopefully soon. I want all of Claire’s books/DVDs now.

  2. You and your followers are three years ahead of me on this project! I purchased the book shortly after it’s release. I allowed life to pull me along and am just now really serious about constructing this jacket in-time for next fall.
    Please 1) guide me to a photo of your finished jacket; 2) tell me how you overcame the issue of ‘fit’. Thanks

    1. Hi Wanda, I’m ashamed to admit that I still haven’t finished this jacket! I reached the point of preparing the button holes and stalled. I’ve been looking at it the last few weeks trying to re-motivate myself to finish.

      Regarding the fit, I gave myself an uninterrupted Saturday and determined to be patient. There was a lot of adjusting, trying on, adjusting and trying on. Patience for that is not my strong suit. If you have a specific question, please let me know.

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