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a slight detour

I have been taking a slight detour from CosCol sewing to finish up a pending project.


This was an interesting one as it was a project I was finishing up for another gal, I didn't have any contact with the finial recipient, which was strange and fun all at the same time. :> A little altering (original hem was too short), a little fixing, all the fastenings and a ridiculous amount of ruffles. No pattern making or fitting which was nice!


Per usual I grossly underestimated how much time it would take to do everything but looking at it all finished on my dressform this morning, I felt an enormous sense of accomplishment. It really turned out well and I'm really proud of my work on it.


The ruffles were by far the biggest part of the task. There were 30 yards of fabric ruffled for the skirt and sleeves - whew! I finished both edges with a small zig-zag stitch (for a less bulky hem etc) so that means 60 yards of zig-zagging plus the actual hemming and gathering. Good Lord! I don't even want to think about how much black thread I went through. Mom came up with the brilliant idea of using dinner plates as my guide for the wavy design - it worked like a charm!


koshka_the_cat tipped me off to gathering the ruffles by cord, which made my life SO much easier. She had also suggested cutting the ruffles on the bias, which sadly I didn't have enough yardage for. I compromised and did the sleeve ruffles on the bias though and totally fell in love with silk taffeta on the bias. It behaved and laid so wonderfully! Yummy!


I also got a chance to better perfect and practice my piping and dog-leg closure skills. Oh and that face-forward-face-back pleat thing that was so fashionable in the 1860s. I think I'm getting pretty good at it now!

All that said I'm super glad it's finished and I can move on with my life and CosCol plans. It will be some time before I can face black taffeta again. Luckily all my black CosCol stuff is already done! :>

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jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 31st, 2010 11:59 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks!
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: July 28th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC) (link)
Yay! It looks so good!!!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 31st, 2010 11:59 am (UTC) (link)
Yay! Thanks so much!
fancyfrocks From: fancyfrocks Date: July 28th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC) (link)
That looks amazing! Congrats on finishing a job well done :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 31st, 2010 11:59 am (UTC) (link)
Thank you so much, so glad it's done!
angldst From: angldst Date: July 28th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC) (link)
Wow, Missy! That dress turned out SO beautiful. I'm continually amazed at your artistry and skill in sewing and creating so many pretty things.

<3

-d
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 31st, 2010 12:00 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you so much! *blushes*
monsieurandre From: monsieurandre Date: July 28th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC) (link)
Very spiffy!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 31st, 2010 12:00 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you indeed!
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: July 29th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC) (link)
It turned out beautifully!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 31st, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you, I'm super pleased with it!
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: July 30th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC) (link)
Beautiful! Even if it did drive you batty. ;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 31st, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC) (link)
Yes well, don't the best results always? :>
lmcbeth From: lmcbeth Date: July 30th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC) (link)
I wonder if you're itching for your own CW dress in the future, hehe. This is beautifully done! Wow!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 31st, 2010 12:05 pm (UTC) (link)
Actually not really. The mid 19th century is one of those periods I appreciate and even enjoy creating but not one I'm actually interested in wearing. I'm the same with saque gown. The 60s are not a particularly flattering look for me and as you know I'm all about the pretty, pretty princess of dressing up. :>

I won't say never though - I am in Fredericksburg Va, CW battle central! :>
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