It's Getting Haute in the Kitchen ~ Channeling CHANEL

This week I got my sewing machine out ~ the one and only that I have had since I was twelve years old.  It's a "modern classic" Singer Touch and Sew...

"No. 31 Rue Cambon"

{I took this photo while in Paris several years ago using my SLR camera and just two frames of film left ~ excuse the fuzziness due to scanning.}

...much like the woman whose style I was channeling, the iconic Coco Chanel.

Several weeks ago I was asked to work on a little project for a publication ~ no pressure, just the encouragement.  The project was to make an apron

I do not particularly enjoy kitchen activities {cooking that is}, therefore I do not need to wear aprons, nor have I ever worn any.  However, the beauty of aprons is that they can make you look as though you do enjoy the entire process of cooking and entertaining. 

I prefer entertaining to cooking...and when I was finished with this project, I was even "entertained" by the prospects of my wearing this embellished ensemble.

As I rummaged through my stash of fabrics, abandoned pieces of clothing,

 notions, and embellishments I came up with an idea.  Starting with an old black linen blouse that I no longer wore and layering it over some white cotton twill, I made a flouncy skirt

I had saved some black and white satin ribbons with the "CHANEL" logo so put those in my pile with some pearls, vintage pins and brooches, a gold chain, pearl and gold buttons, and even an old rhinestone dangly key chain

It all came together as my adorable "Coco" skirt ~

one I may wear when I feel so inclined to work in the kitchen...or entertain!

 I'm off to The Creative Connection this week and hope to see some of you there.  I'll write when I get back.

Ciao amici,


twinkleshabbystar said...

Omg! I LOVE it!!! Only you girl!!! A Coco apron!!! hee! hee! Beautiful work!!! See ya soon! Can't wait!! XOXO,jenn

Italian Girl in Georgia said...

Thanks Jenn!

Safe travels my chic friend. See you at TCC.

Ciao bella,

Fleur de Bee said...

I want one!!! Soooooo fun! We are chan-soul sisters lol. I would love to purchase one of your photos if you are selling them. I love it. It has such a great vintage feel to it. Oh you are so talented! Drop me a line.

Have fun you girls!!
xoxo Molly

Anonymous said...

That's some apron - I would never dare wear it for 'work', it's way too beautiful. I think I would lay it casually over a chair, so it could be seen and admired. The aprons I make are oh so mundane, and in different sizes, for the grandchildren.

Italian Girl in Georgia said...

Hey Molly!
Of course you may purchase my photo. We will talk...

Hello Wild Somerset Child ~
It's been a while. So glad you stopped by.

Thank you both for your enthusiastic comments!


Shellbelle said...

Hi Suzanne, thanks for dropping by The Hut, it has been a while since we've been in touch. I see your creativity is still off the charts and congrats on the Somerset Home features.

I'll be back to catch up once I get settled in my new place.

Hugs, Rhonda

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