1960s | Mail Order Patterns | Spadea | Vintage Sewing

1962 Jacket from Authentic Chanel Pattern

January 6, 2014
Jacket made from Chanel Pattern

I made this jacket using a pattern released in 1962 by the Spadea company. From my research, it appears to be the only officially licensed Chanel jacket pattern ever released, and it was drafted directly from a retail Chanel jacket, that was sold in the US by the Suzy Perette company. I loved the 60s boxy look, and the extremely thorough instructions, which made constructing the collar and welt pockets a breeze. You can check out details at on my blog, jetsetsewing.com. http://jetsetsewing.com/2013/12/04/im-tired-of-coco-how-about-you/

    1. Thanks! I completely flipped when I found that pattern online. I’ve never seen it anywhere else. The Spadea patterns are a fabulous line; they were all drafted directly from actual retail designer garments from the 1950s and 60s. Soon I’ll be making an authentic Claire McCardell “Popover” (wrap dress) from one of their 50s patterns.

  1. Yum! I had forgotten about your blog (and obviously hadn’t visited for quite some time–a year??). Thanks for posting at SewRetro.

    1. Actually this is a brand-new blog as of October, so please stop by! I’m posting details of several Chanel jackets I’ve made, instructions for making a Madeleine Vionnet scarf, and recent photos of fabric shopping in Paris.

  2. This is really fascinating to follow. I love classic tailoring techniques with padding, shaping and heavy interfacing, I’ve never even tried this lighter kind of tailoring, but it’s very interesting. The classic Chanel suit silhoutte may just be the most unflattering thing possible on my figure, but you are made me consider how I could use those techniques in something other than classic Chanel jackets. Truly inspiring work!

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