Jackets are my favourite item of clothing. One day, I hope to amass a collection of jackets from all my favourite designers – Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen… But, until I have the disposable income, I’m happy to make jackets for myself.
Recently, I made a Bouclé jacket à la Chanel. I found some really fun fabric and, inspired by more recent Karl Lagerfeld designs, I made this:
I have quite narrow shoulders and I noticed that the sleeves on my jackets were being pushed out of shape by too-wide coat hangers. I was so pleased with my new Bouclé jacket that I didn’t want to ruin it by putting it on a dodgy coat hanger, so I decided to make my own.
A quick search online showed me that nobody else had experienced the same problem. Or, if they had, they hadn’t blogged about it. So I decided to experiment. I took a metal coat hanger and bent in the sides, making it fit my narrow shoulders.
I cut up an old pair of jogging bottoms and used them as padding, winding them around the coat hanger and stitching them in place.
Then I chose an outer fabric, in cotton, to decorate the coat hanger and wrapped strips of fabric around the hook.
I have made three so far, for my Bouclé jacket, my Musketeer jacket, and a jacket which I bought from Boden.