Jenny La Fleur
Phase 1 - Red Diva Anglaise - Jenny La Fleur
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Phase 1 - Red Diva Anglaise

So in between lots of drama such as my car dying (the battery dying really), getting a case of food poisoning, packing away the Christmas stuff and the diva being it's Diva self, I did manage to get my red silk robe à l'Anglaise into wearable condition for the Twelfth Night party in Williamsburg. Not finished mind you, I still have all the trimming on the skirt to do, but close enough to feel like a very pretty, pretty princess.

It helped that I was having a very good hair day of course. I think I've discovered the secret to a Pouf hairstyle - a shower scrubie! Seriously it worked like a dream. I put my hair in soft curlers, letting them dry overnight. I then teased my hair at the roots, made a little bun at the top of my head, secured the scrubie to that and started pinning my hair up and over to cover it, starting in the back, then the sides, then the front. Masses of hair spray later and I had a Pouf. Yay! The scrubie was great because I could put the bobby pins right in it and it was lightweight on my head.

The party was nice, all in candlelight and with period correct food, drink and diversions. I was still a little wary of rich foods but I did venture some rum punch (I think it was rum) and the rich Queen's cake. Yum! The beginning of a migraine that I left the party with and the 2-hour drive home (I couldn't stay the night) was a bit brutal but thanks to the alcohol in my system, and pulling off the road for a little 5 minute power nap about Ladysmith - I got home safe and sound. Ah, life - always an adventure!

All the pics are here, including close-ups of my frock and hair:
http://www.jennylafleur.com/dressup/2010.0109/album/index.html

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padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: January 12th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC) (link)
The dress turned out so well! You look great!

The shower poof is a great idea!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 12th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much! :>
lmcbeth From: lmcbeth Date: January 12th, 2010 05:14 am (UTC) (link)
You're a genius! And you look lovely in red! What a fantastic dress!

p.s. May I ask the favor of your opinion on trim for my almost finished Victorian when I get pics posted?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 12th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! :>

Of course, although as you know Victorian isn't really my era... I always have an opinion though! I haven't forgotten about the hat project either... be looking for an e-mail from me on that in the next few days. :>
anielmom From: anielmom Date: January 12th, 2010 05:39 am (UTC) (link)
All I can say is WOW! Absolutely stunning gown! And what a genius solution to the pouf!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 12th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much! :>
trystbat From: trystbat Date: January 12th, 2010 05:43 am (UTC) (link)
Yay! I'm glad the Diva turned out so lovely (esp. after being such a bother ;-). And the scrubbie? Love it! That's similar to a trick I did when I've had longer hair + the patience to style my own hair, as opposed to use a wig.

Edited at 2010-01-12 05:44 am (UTC)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 12th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much! Yeah my hair was just barely long enough, or rather I should say my layers were barely long enough. :>
unclrashid From: unclrashid Date: January 12th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC) (link)
The dress is great!

Regarding the scrubby... you can take it a step further by making a pouf out of net or tulle that is similar in color to your hair, and you can make it any size you want. For more complex shapes, it's quite simple to make little pads and pillows of double layers of brown net and stuff them with ratted up yaki (synthetic)hair. Or if it doesn't gross you out, your own hair pulled out of the brush. The Victorians even had a vanity-top jar to save hair in called a "hair reciever".
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 12th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks!

I have used net/hair rats up to now and they work but I like the scrubie better for the pouf. My hair felt more secure (I think because it is so dense) and it wasn’t scratchy on the scalp. I was thinking if I want to go higher I might try using net on top of the scrubie, although really my hair isn't long enough for any more height.
tayloropolis From: tayloropolis Date: January 12th, 2010 06:20 am (UTC) (link)
THANK YOU for posting your pics! You were there with some of my best friends in the world, and I'm so sad I had to miss it (was just in Fredericksburg and Williamsburg for New Years!), so it's nice to be able to stalk the party a little bit more :)

You gown turned out beautiful and what a BRILLIANT idea about the shower pouff! I'm totally stealing that...
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 12th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC) (link)
Aww, you mean I could have done some name-dropping while I was there?! :> Thanks so much... steal away!
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: January 12th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC) (link)
The Diva is perfectly lovely--just gorgeous!

And a shower scrubbie--you're too funny :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 12th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks muchly!

I know... I really am. :>
olde_fashioned From: olde_fashioned Date: January 12th, 2010 07:16 am (UTC) (link)
SO gorgeous, Jenny! :-D And I love your scrubbie idea -- very clever! I'll be sure to remember that if I'm ever lucky enough to have an excuse to do an 18th century pompadour...;-)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 12th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks!
nehelenia78 From: nehelenia78 Date: January 12th, 2010 11:01 am (UTC) (link)
A big big compliment on the awesomeness of that dress!! Looks miraculous! I love the shower scrubie idea, must try that!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 12th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks very much! :>
muddled_musings From: muddled_musings Date: January 12th, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC) (link)
Wow! I think my jaw hit my desk when I clicked to look at the photos of this dress!!! Pretty princess, indeed! :) I just love how sumptuous the fabric is; so perfect it hurts. hehe! Bravo, Jenny Rose!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 12th, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I certainly felt so! I can't wait to wear it again, with all the trimming and my frosting hat! :> Speaking of how is the hating making going?
madamekat From: madamekat Date: January 12th, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC) (link)
You and your dress looked amazing! Loved the pretty spangles carefully sewn to the flowers. And the scrunchie pouf? Genius! Much less dense and heavy than my "faux hair in an old stocking" method. Your hair looked perfect!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 12th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much! I really love the spangles too. At first I was a little wary - don't want to go the Vegas route! But really they are quite subtle and pretty. I've decided to add them to the skirt too... that should keep me out of trouble for a while! :>

Yeah, that is one of the reasons I tried the scrubie in the first place and didn't try to cover it in fake hair, the lightness aspect. It really didn't weight anything... I quite forgot my hair was that high by the end of the evening! :>
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: January 12th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC) (link)
I bet you twinkled wonderfully! I love the trim, that pale green looks so fabulous on the rich red!
But I must say, not only is the shower pouf an AMAZING idea, but I can't believe it MATCHES!!!!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 12th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC) (link)
That was probally my biggest disappointment with the dress, I couldn't see myself twinkle! I was told I did though so that is good. :> Thanks. It's funny, the trim taffeta is actually gray-taupe-green. Away from the dress it's almost a blah color but on the fabric it turned a lovely not quite matching green to the printed pattern. I love working with colors like that - it's such fun!

The matching scrubie was pure accident - the scrubie was left over from a gift idea I didn't end up doing, it was just hanging around the house waiting to be used. :>
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: January 12th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC) (link)
Also, you looked amazing! The dress fits so perfectly, it's a brilliant colour on you, and you had the best hair ever!! Prettiest of the pretty princesses!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 12th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much! I was over the moon with how everything finially came together.
isabelladangelo From: isabelladangelo Date: January 12th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC) (link)
Pretty! Thank you so much for sharing the pictures.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 12th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks!!
marcine From: marcine Date: January 12th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks for coming to the party. You looked marvelous! Your gown is such a pretty silk. Glad to hear that it finally behaved. Have fun with adding more trim for its next incarnation. A good way to have a "new" gown. :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 12th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you so much for having me and making me feel so welcome!
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 12th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC) (link)
You looked amazing and like you had an excellent time! Yay for good hair days! I'm going to steal your excellent idea of the pouff the next time I do 18th cent. hair, it looks perfect. Thanks so much for sharing so many fun pictures. I can't wait to see phase 2 of the Diva, I'm sure it will be even more stunning!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 13th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks and you are most welcome! :>
bellamissella From: bellamissella Date: January 12th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC) (link)
oops, forgot to sing in for my comment above... sorry!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 13th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC) (link)
No worries! :>
dawnluck From: dawnluck Date: January 12th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC) (link)
What a beautiful looking event!
The gown is lovely! Really, really lovely! You did an amazing job! I can't imagine what more trim you want for it, but I hope you'll share when you've decided it's complete.

Really, really lovely! :o)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 13th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Of course I'll post pics when it's done! :>
vanessa_lynne From: vanessa_lynne Date: January 12th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC) (link)
Bath poof = genius.

You looked great!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 13th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks! :>
sadievale From: sadievale Date: January 12th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC) (link)
Yay, your red dress was amazing, the pouf awesome, and the party such fun! I was sad when you had to leave, but I'm glad the drive home went ok: we ended up staying for awhile and just sitting & chatting mostly: yay 12th night! Yay red dress, can't wait to see part 2!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 13th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC) (link)
thanks!
From: hohenstein Date: January 12th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC) (link)

It's so satisfying when a project that's been being fussy comes together. The scrubbie is a great idea. It sounds a lot like the "hair doughnuts" that I got years ago. They are dense brown soft net rings that were originally meant to shape a bun in the back of the head over. I use them on top of my head for 18th c. height. I think that Vermont Country Store might still carry them. If you pin them together, they stack for extra "pouf". As silly as this sounds, I learned my high hair technique from a book called "Boobs, Boys & High Heels" by Dianne Brill, written in the 1980's. It has got to be the utterly silliest dating & beauty book ever written (I bought it used, for a laugh), but it had a couple of valid tips in it. She was apparently wearing her hair in an 18th c. high "do at the time & gave step-by steps on how to create it.

A.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 13th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC) (link)
Sounds like the rolls one of my friends got from a wig store - if so they are cool things.
quincy134 From: quincy134 Date: January 12th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC) (link)
OMG you are so smart! A shower scrubbie--brilliant!

I love how your dress turned out. Your struggles and hard work were worth it.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 13th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I can't believe I didn't think of it before! :>

Yeah it definitely fought me along the way... but it was totally worth it.
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: January 12th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC) (link)
Gorgeous dress! You must have lit up the whole room. I love the before and after pics of the poof, Great idea!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 13th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much!
blackcat452 From: blackcat452 Date: January 13th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC) (link)
I love your new gown! And the gold spangles add just the right amount of sparkle, well done!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 13th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I do love sparkle! :>
love3angle From: love3angle Date: January 13th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC) (link)
WOW! Ok, I'm so sorry you had such trouble leading up to it, but everything looks really beautiful!

The scrubbie is a great idea. The dress came out great - I love the trim, the spangles, everything. Well done!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 13th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much! *blushes*
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