Pam’s Updated Chanel Jacket

After a discussion of garment design details in Session #2 of VIRTUAL Style School, Pam immediately thought  about the green jacket she never wears, despite the fact that she loves the color and the style.  She thought she now knew how to make it work …

But it turns out she was wrong.

We had talked about the potential widening effect of some horizontal elements — so she thought she’d improve the jacket by removing the black band from the lower edge.  Turns out that would make the garment too short … so back to the drawing board.

Then she remembered that the recommended styles for her hourglass body type were all shaped in toward the waist.  So she added vertical darts to the jacket front and back and stitched some inward shaping into the side seams.  She slipped in a pair of removable foam Shoulder Shapers too,

Here’s the finished result — Amazing, no?

What item in your closet could use a quick update?

About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. JoAnne Kristensen on April 14, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    Wow! I have a St. John jacket hanging in my closet that I am going to try this on!

    • Nancy Nix Rice on April 14, 2021 at 2:51 pm

      I’ll be interested to hear the results – are their pockets stitched on or worked right into the knit?

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