How to Make a Chanel Suit for $10

9 Materials
1 Hour

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to make a classic pink button-up top that is inspired by the Chanel Spring 2021 Ready-To-Wear fashion show. The collection transported us back in time to the old Hollywood glamor of the 1950s, and the edgy twist on classic feminine silhouettes started the season with a bang. I fell in love with every look from the runway, and the pastel pink knitwear adorned with contrasting black details really caught my eye. So, without further ado, let's get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Top
  • Fabric
  • Ruler
  • Fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Bias tape
  • Buttons
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
DIY Chanel suit

Make a Chanel suit

Trace around a top

To get the measurements for the new top that we're going to create, a really simple hack is to take a top that you already own and simply draw around it. (Only draw around the main body of the top, the sleeves we will do separately). Choose a top that you want your classic Chanel top to be the same size as. Fold your top in half and place it on the fold of your fabric. Since this is a stretchy top, and my pink fabric is stiffer, I'm going to be a bit generous with my markings to ensure that the top will fit me and won't be too tight. I'm adding about an inch extra all the way around. Once you've done this, you can proceed to cut it out.

How to make a Chanel suit

Here you can see the measurements of my cut-out top.

Sew a Chanel suit

Create another template

You then need to draw three lines about 0.8-1 inch apart from one another, at the bottom of the fabric next to the fold. Take your template and place it above the lines. Trace around your top, include the lines, and proceed to cut out the new shape. This extra material from the lines will make up the placket of the button-up design that we are making.

How to sew a Chanel suit

Cut out the pockets

The next step is to cut out two pockets; you can see the measurement that I used above.

Simple Chanel suit

Cut out the sleeves

Then you want to trace around your sleeves and cut them out.

Basic Chanel suit

Cut out the collar

Continue to trace around your collar and cut that out as well. As mentioned before, I added on a bit extra to ensure a comfortable fit.

Easy Chanel suit

Add bias tape

Taking the two parts that make up the front of your top, fold along the lines twice to make the thicker, placket part of the top. Then stick bias tape along both sides. Continue to stick the bias tape around the pockets as I have done. Once done, sew the pockets on either side of your top.

Chanel suit tutorial

Assemble the top

Now you need to sew the front and back sides of the top together and add the collar on. When done, add the sleeves. Turn the top inside out, bring the sleeve up through the armhole, pin it into place and then sew it to the rest of the top.

Chanel suit sewing tutorial

Add the buttons

Finish up by hemming the edges for a clean finish and adding some more bias tape along the collar and the bottom of the top. The last step is to sew on some pretty pink buttons so that you can button your top up. You can also add a button on the top of each pocket.

That's how you make the classic Chanel Top. It feels so satisfying to recreate a catwalk look, and I think that this looks just like the real thing! The bias tape is a simple way to create a professional-looking finish, and I love how it contrasts with the pale pink. Will I tell people that I made this top, or will I tell people that it's Chanel? We'll have to see!

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  • Melinda Melinda on Jul 08, 2021

    I think it looks great. Different fabric yes but a beautiful design well done for thinking so creatively and using bias tape. Differences are what makes the change from a carbon copy to a design.

  • Lisa Judycki Lisa Judycki on Jul 13, 2021

    You are a talented seamstress! Your rendition is beautifully done, way to go!