Sunday, 16 October 2011

My Chanel inspired dress - Butterick 5602!

Last week I was in a frenzy of indecision - so many fabric and pattern possibilities were whirring around my brain that I just didn’t know what to make next. At times like this I think that you can’t go too far wrong if you turn to the classics. And you can’t get much more classic than a Coco Chanel inspired little black dress trimmed with white.
The LBD inspired by Coco Chanel

"I said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” Coco Chanel.

The pattern I used was Butterick 5602

Butterick 5602

I made the version drawn in pink but without the bow. I was aiming for a comfortable shift dress, as Coco also said: “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury”.

However, I didn’t want it to be totally shapeless. This dress has both horizontal and vertical darts at the front and vertical darts at the back – so there is plenty of scope for getting a good fit at the bust and some curving in at the waistline.

The fabric I used is 100% wool crepe purchased from Linton Tweeds who are based in Carlisle but also have an online store. If you are going to make a ‘Chanel’ dress there is nowhere better to turn to than Linton.

Linton Tweeds showroom in Carlisle

They have been supplying fabric to Chanel since Coco herself was in residence at her Paris Salon in the Rue Cambon. To this day Linton still count the house of Chanel as one of their most prestigious clients – along with Oscar de la Renta, Balenciaga, Michael Kors, Lanvin and Caroline Herrera. Oh, and little old me, Eugenia! They supply a wonderful range of tweeds and fancy fabrics as well as a top quality wool crepe in a variety of colours.

So, with a sewing machine, a few hours work and some wool crepe anyone can have a made to measure ‘Chanel’ dress!


  1. Eugena the dress is perfect in fit and cuteness.

  2. Elegant and classic! Love it! I'm off to look at Linton Tweeds site now! :-)

  3. I love it! looks so simple yet sophisticated.

  4. It looks just perfect! Simple, and precise. I find Linton's online store is wonderful way to waste an hour daydreaming.

  5. Love this dress! And thanks for turning me onto Linton Tweeds!

  6. How beautiful! And great minds think alike because I just posted an inspiration dress similar to that one.

  7. Very nice! Classic chic and oh so sophisticated.

  8. Exciting! And what a wonderful dress you've produced with your hard work and careful eye! Excellent result! Congratulations!

    And, the history tip about Linton is wonderful!

  9. What a beautifully classic dress.

  10. A classic that I'm sure you'll get a lot of wear from.

  11. A gorgeous dress - I love the Chanel inspired clothes and your dress is simple, but so perfect:-)

  12. Perfect for any occasion. That dress will take you anywhere.

  13. Lovely and sophisticated but still comfortable= the perfect dress!

  14. That is beautiful and understated. Less is most definitely more, plus your version is so much better than the drawings on the envelope. Thanks for the link to the wool crepe - I've been looking for some recently!

  15. The simple things in life are often the best. Certainly applies to your dress. Elegant..Madam Coco would approve.

  16. What a gorgeous number Eugenia! It's simply elegant. This style suits you perfectly:)

  17. Love the dress. It is just perfect. Looks perfect on you too. What beautiful fabrics! We used to have lovely fabrics here in the US back when we still had fabric mills. That showroom must be like visiting a candy store!

  18. You look gorgeous in your new dress. I love the simplicity of it and the fit is fabulous. Great job.

  19. I love how elegant this dress looks on you Eugenia! Great job and I bet that fabric feels luxurious too!

  20. Love your Chanel dress. Tights are great with it, too.

  21. Completely classy and sophisticated!

  22. Eugenia, your dress is beautiful! This white trimming is a wonderful idea. I like the whole outfit with black tights and pumps as well, you look so classy and elegant! Makes me think about making a LBD :).

  23. So elegant, classy and sophisticated yet simple in style. You look beautiful in this classic LBD! Thank you so much for the link to Linton Tweeds. I shall enjoy checking them out!

  24. Eugenia, what an elegant and very classy dress. It looks wonderful on you. I remember a fabric catalogue i used to subscribe to here in austraia sent out samples of the Linton tweeds- they were absolutely beautiful - but way out of my price range then.

  25. Eugenia -not so old ! Your dress fits beautifully and the white contrast is perfect.

  26. Very chic! Ooh those fabrics.... yum.

  27. I love it. I think I'll work on a black dress today.

  28. Lovely and well executed dress Eugenia!

  29. Very classy dress! Well done Eugenia!

  30. Loving the simple elegance of this dress!

  31. A great classic dress. It must be a bit of a thrill to be able to buy your fabric from the same place as some of the greats!

  32. You look usual. Beautiful work!

  33. Chanel would be so proud ! Tre Chic !!!

  34. Sophisticated and classic! Love it!

  35. Gorgeous dress...I'm completely inspired.

    Linton's showroom is spectacular. It's impossible to come out empty handed. And the tea shop sells the most delicious cakes. I can't recommend a visit highly enough.

  36. You wear Chanel very well! I bet you will wear this one often. Great job!!

  37. Permit me this small emendation:

    "So, with a sewing machine, a few hours work [, experience, skill, good tools,] and some wool crepe anyone can have a made to measure ‘Chanel’ dress!"

    Nice dress.

  38. Love this! Seen some wool crepe today, you got me thinking..

  39. Just beautiful Eugenia! I imagine you will be able to wear this forever - it will never go out of style!

  40. I do love a slick and timeless dress like this. Beautiful.

  41. Outstanding! That dress is so me and I have that pattern too. Looking good, lady.

  42. I came here from your most recent post. How did I miss this dress? It's adorable. Isn't it fun to sew? You can make such different looks with the same pattern.

  43. I love this look. Great! :D

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