Starting a Tailoring Project


When I start a tailoring project, I like to start with the smaller pieces then move on to the larger pieces. I have finished the sleeves for this new jacket. Now, when the jacket body is complete, I can just grab the sleeves and sew them on.

The fabric is en embroidered linen that I bought as a remnant. It was a tan color, and I dyed it burgundy. That’s what the label on the dye said, anyway, but burgundy mixed with the tan color gave me this tomato-y red. Which I like. I’m glad the embroidery was done in rayon, so it would take the dye in a way that a poly thread would not.

I threw the lining in the same dye load. It started out pink, and turned a much more burgundy color than the linen.

The bottom button is meant to remain open

The bottom button is meant to remain open

I haven't made bound buttonholes in ages!

I haven’t made bound buttonholes in ages!



  1. akismet-21b053fec805c8711a1f608da8cdd26a
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 1:34 am | Permalink | Reply

    Love the color! can’t wait to see the jacket!


  2. Shams
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 1:39 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oooh, I love those sleeves! I wish I could sew in that order, but I have short arms and am forever tweaking sleeve length.

  3. Posted March 4, 2013 at 5:24 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oh, wow! Love your tailored proyects! Can´t wait to see the rest. Those button holes are just perfect!

  4. Rosie
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 9:25 am | Permalink | Reply

    Love the embroidered linen and the new red color is divine; looking forward to seeing the finished garment.

  5. Paula
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:30 am | Permalink | Reply

    Beautiful and inspiring. Looking forward to seeing the completed jacket.

  6. Sharon
    Posted March 18, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Claudine – what kind of dye did you use? And, any hints for dyeing guipure lace? Love everything you do! Thanks!

    • Posted March 19, 2013 at 8:56 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! I used procion dyes for this project. They are very colorfast and mess free in my washing machine. However, they are hard on fabrics and they significantly reduce any sheen that the fabric might have. This is one of the reasons that procion dyes are not recommended for silks. For guipure I would use acid dye, which is less colorfast but will preserve the sheen.

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