An Inside Look at a Chanel Bustier

Since sewing skill is not my forte, I can only say curiosity can sometimes get a gal into all sorts of trouble. Years ago I purchased a Chanel bustier and had to take in a couple inches, since then my waist has gone from 23.5 inches to 24.5 inches ~ sad! So on a sleepless night, I decided to take a peek inside to see if I could perhaps try to undo previous alteration without taking the piece back to Chanel. Well, I managed to undo some stitches, adding an inch to the bustier so I can breathe with ease. I was happy I could wear the bustier for a night out. The catch is I don’t know how to put the silk lining back and sew up the areas where I pick the stitching out. Thank god for savvy mother!!! True to Chanel pieces, there is enough fabric to take the bustier a size or two up in the future. For the amount of money each Chanel piece cost, I expected the inside finishing (even though no one would ever see the inside unless someone literally took the piece apart) to be as clean and precise as the exterior but there were lots of fraying on the edge of the fabric and the cutting was not exactly straight edge. I am going to add though to be fair, sewing is solid and there is plenty of attention to details even with these fraying edges. Each of the plastic bones supporting the bustier is meticulously wrapped up in cloth to ensure comfort.

So this is my adventure with a Chanel bustier. I don’t think I will try to alter another Chanel piece by myself again. I will leave the work to professionals.

9 comments:

  1. Very well done to do this yourself-a perfect piece does need showing off, I'm pleased it fits better now!!

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  2. It is a lovely piece, and it's so good you managed to make it wearable again. I can't sew:(

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  3. i just started to learn how to sew too! I admire you trying it's so difficult haha it's nice to have mothers that are experts tho!

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  4. You are brave to attempt a corset alteration on your own - great work! (And never complain about a 24.5 inch waist darling - we should all be so svelte!!).

    xoxox,
    CC

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  5. You are brave. I can't sew to save my life.

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  6. I couldn't sleep and the bustier had been on my mind for a while so I just got up and did it.

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  7. You are very brave to do a corset alteration by yourself, but it turned out lovely.
    I can't sew to save my life, unfortunately.

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  8. I would be way to scared to do anything like this, but I am a terrible sewer!

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