Couture Sewing Educator Susan Khalje Discusses Choosing the Perfect Trim

When constructing a traditional French Jacket, one of the crucial aspects in making your final product stand out is an exquisite trim. World renowned couture sewing educator Susan Khalje, whose sewing patterns we sell on our website here, explains the best way to find the perfect trim for your jacket.

One of the biggest challenges, with a Classic French Jacket, is choosing the trim.  I find students often try to get something that matches perfectly – and while that’s one way to go, it often disappears into the fabric, and has less impact than one might want.  So I always play around, sometimes going in unpredictable directions.

I tried out some vintage Chanel trims with some fabric swatches…..and here are some of my experiments!