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Poe-ness

I almost costumed today! January = Poe's birthday and thanks to a date being settled on and news that darling girliegirl32786 is coming down for the event I am once again ready to embark on Victoriana.


I love the dress I made last year but it needs some tweaking. The shoulders have an annoying habit of not wanting to stay up. I blame my lack of on-the-shoulder-sleeve fitting skills. I spent a chunk of the day researching and pondering all sorts of options - a chemisette to tack the shoulders to, a bertha of some kind to raise the neckline, a tucker with a drawstring to help keep everything in place. I think for now I'm going to try the easy and extremely un-period method of elastic at the shoulder (per Hunnisett). If that doesn't work I'll go for the tucker.


The fun part of this tweak involve the trimming I didn't have time to do last year. RUFFLES. Normally I'm not a huge ruffle girl but when I found the above fashion plate with rows of bias ruffles playing off a striped skirt I fell in love. I'm sure I will want to stick myself in the eye with a fork at some point (ahh the hemming - help me!) but it's going to look so neat when I'm done. I'll also add rows of bias ruffles to the sleeves like the original pattern. Yay!

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girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: January 7th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC) (link)
I'm totally loving the ruffle plans! Especially the two tiers on the fashion plate. And dont worry, if worse comes to worse I will be there to lend a hand with all that hemming! :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 7th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC) (link)
I really hope I'm not sewing when you arrive but if I am I'm SO taking you up on the offer!

Umm... remind me why you don't live closer?
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: January 8th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC) (link)
You know, today at work I was looking at pictures of a house built in 1760 in the eastern pan-handle (up near DC) that was for rent. If only I didnt already have a house!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 10th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC) (link)
Don't tease me like that... I'm fragile! :P
fancyfrocks From: fancyfrocks Date: January 7th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC) (link)
I *heart* your dress! I'm having serious 1840s urges right now. That sounds like so much fun!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 7th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh you know you want one! It must have ruffles though. You are actually good at them. :>
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: January 7th, 2009 08:42 am (UTC) (link)
it's going to be so pretty with those ruffles :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 7th, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC) (link)
I think so too... worth the pain and agony they will cause I hope! :>
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: January 7th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC) (link)
stick a good dvd in the machine, and that hemming will go like magic :)
my_stitching From: my_stitching Date: January 7th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC) (link)
If you don't want to hem it all, pinking is period (if the fabric would work with it, that is).
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 7th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh I hadn’t thought of that. My fabric frays like heck though... I don't think I dare. Moo.
my_stitching From: my_stitching Date: January 7th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC) (link)
I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't been able to pink the ruffles on my green silk taffeta ballgown. I forget the exact number but I think it was 80 yards of ruffles!! (not that they are all actually ON the gown yet, but they will be eventually)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 10th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC) (link)
Nice to know I'm not the only crazy one! :P
marcine From: marcine Date: January 7th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC) (link)
Ruffles = much prettiness.
Hemming bias cut cloth = much frustration.

Will be worth it, though. How pretty!!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 10th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC) (link)
Yes indeedy!
captain_hawkins From: captain_hawkins Date: January 8th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC) (link)
nice poe-stage stamp. haha. :-)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 10th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC) (link)
*boom-ching* Oh that was bad!

Hey I heard about your Mom - we are praying!!
suededsilk From: suededsilk Date: January 11th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC) (link)
Go bias ruffles! Can't wait to see what you do with it.
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