I joined a Chanel Jacket Sew Along to make a Chanel-style jacket (that sounds better than "knockoff" to me), and I decided if I'm gonna do it, I'm gonna do it right. So... I went to theLinton Tweeds website, which apparently supplies Chanel, and requested some swatches.
The samples came today, and I was surprised. Per the instructions on their website, I told them the colors and textures I was looking for - light colors in textured tweeds suitable for a Chanel-style jacket. I received the following with a nice letter saying they are the "latest samples from the couture range and as such are unrepeatable."
Ok. I don't know. Don't get me wrong. They are beautiful... just not what I was expecting. Here they are:
First, the ones I'm not considering using. Although, I do think the bottom black and white plaid would make an awesome knee length coat.
Next are some that I like but I'm still not really considering. The bottom two are too spring-y and I'm not crazy about the metallic threads in them. I really like the overall effect of the top-left one, but I'm not crazy about the hot pink threads. I guess I'm still considering that one, though.
These are the three I'm really considering. I really like the texture of the red and black, but it's really not the colors I was dreaming about. The blue is also really lovely and is probably the frontrunner at the moment, but I'm not sure how I feel about the navy background. The brownish one is really textured and the steel-y blues would look great with denim, but I don't know...
Am I being too picky? Almost all of them are $37/yard, which is less expensive than I expected (a nice bonus). It would still be $80 for the fabric, though, and I don't want to pick something I don't love. Maybe I'll go back and ask for some light colored swatches, not from the couture range.