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The stays are now wearable, yay!


I like the fit, the third row of horizontal boning does make some difference. It makes my bust more flat and yet more round. Very late 1770s. Someday I will get the binding on (and take better pics for y'all) but for now I'm skipping straight to the fun stuff - the frocks!


Yesterday I laced myself up and tried on the Queen of the Night toile I worked on last fall. I remembered it looking pretty good but stopped work on it until I had new stays (just in case they fit differently). The toile needed some slight tweaks but nothing major. I mostly re-drew the neckline, the "zone" shape and the center front point (having changed my mind about those shapes). A little trimming around the armsycle and that was about it.

Suddenly I was done and like ready to cut out something out. Wow! I'm so glad I put in some work on this a couple of months ago, even without new stays. It's going to make my life so much easier now. I’m now feeling quite lighthearted and optimistic about finishing my CC27 line-up, especially since I can use this pattern as the base for my Pimpernel revamp and the Fort Fred outfit. So three patterns in one. Whoo hoo!

So I spent the rest of my sewing time tracing off the master patterns for the queen of the night. Today I'm going to cut out the fashion fabric this morning and then work on tweaking the pattern for the Pimpernel. Can I get two frocks cut out today? Stay tuned for our next episode... err post. :>


Ahh yes and here are some pics of the construction of the stays which I haven't posted before...

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jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 9th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you! :>
vanityfairy From: vanityfairy Date: April 8th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC) (link)
The zonefront toile looks like it fits like a glove!

And Yay for stay pictures!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 9th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I hope the finial product looks just as good! :>
maidm From: maidm Date: April 8th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC) (link)
They look great! The yellow binding with the bright blue fabric is such a nice touch.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 9th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I'm really excited about the yellow binding!
mala_14 From: mala_14 Date: April 8th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC) (link)
Pretty! Very cheerful and spring-like. And the toile looks awesome. Fantastic fit.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 9th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I wanted "happy" stays, colors that made me smile. :>
isiswardrobe From: isiswardrobe Date: April 8th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC) (link)
Looks very good!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 9th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks!
tayloropolis From: tayloropolis Date: April 8th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC) (link)
Beautiful stays! They look really lovely.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 9th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I can't wait until they are actually done! :P
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: April 8th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC) (link)
Nice! I need new stays - mine are too big. And I'd like to have that 3rd rose of horizontal boning too!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 9th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC) (link)
So far I really like the 3rd row of boning. Hard to tell if the difference is because they are new stays (and I'm just used to my worn out ones!) but I think it's really the boning.
gilded_garb From: gilded_garb Date: April 8th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC) (link)
I love the blue!

By the way, how do you get your eyelets so big? Mine always come out tiny and lopsided :oP
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: April 8th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC) (link)
Mine do too--I've given up making nice eyelets on heavy fabrics. But look at the eyelets on the jacket in Costume Close Up. They look just like my messy, small holed eyelets :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 9th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC) (link)

WWKD

I know when I was doing all those eyelets I keep thinking "I don't have to make these so neat and tidy, if I do this the Katherine way I'd be done in half the time". *sigh* I couldn't bring myself to do it. Cursed perfectionisim!
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: April 11th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC) (link)

Re: WWKD

Hee.

I wish I could do really neat eyelets on heavy fabrics, but I just can't. I make really nice ones on lighter fabrics, but my hands just aren't strong enough. So I go to the period examples and justify myself--it works!

And plus, the speed is good :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 9th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks!

I use a large tapered awl (found it at Lowes, it's for punching holes in leather I think). I also do run a running stitch just outside the hole to stabilize the shape and my stitches.

It's been on my list to do a picture tutorial on eyelets for my site. Would that be helpful?
gilded_garb From: gilded_garb Date: April 9th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC) (link)
You have no idea how awesome that would be!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 9th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC) (link)
Cool, I'll get to work on that... as soon as I get my tools back (I loaned them to a friend). :P
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: April 8th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC) (link)
Very pretty, and hooray for gowns!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 9th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you! Yay, on to the fun stuff right? :>
elegant_musings From: elegant_musings Date: April 9th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC) (link)
I love the color--they turned out magnificent (even if the binding isn't on yet... ;)!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 9th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Yes when they are done they will be very Technicolor indeed!
madamemodiste From: madamemodiste Date: April 9th, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC) (link)
It looks fabulous!
kara_73 From: kara_73 Date: April 9th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC) (link)
Wow! Your stays always look so nice and neat!
tailordrews From: tailordrews Date: April 9th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC) (link)
Well done!

Bjarne
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: April 10th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC) (link)
Love!!!! Serious love!
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