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Guess who found the perfect shade of dark blue velvet for a Titanic Flying Dress at Jo-Ann’s yesterday? Not only was it the perfect shade but it was *drumroll* on sale for $3.50 a yard!!!!!!!!

Of course I bought it, despite have no real need for another costume on my to-do list this year. So bad! It’s not the highest quality velvet I’ve ever seen (it’s an acetate/nylon) but it was $3.50 a yard! So you might want to check out the “red tag” section of your local Jo-Anns for some of the value triple velvet. It is regular price $7 a yard, on sale this week 50% off. They had a couple of colors too… I hope this becomes a regular thing with JA!

So anyway I started researching last night. I had it in my head that that skirt was velvet too but no it is a coordinating silk. I was a bit discouraged since I don’t have the money to buy more silk right now when I remembered the dark blue silk taffeta I bought in the Fabric.com sale last year. I pulled it out and it is perfect!!!! Whoo hoo! I love it when I plan comes together!

So now I have to do some more research and decided just how screen accurate I want to be with this thing. Since I found the perfect fabrics I feel like I should be more or less screen accurate but then again I don’t necessarily enjoy slavishly following someone else’s design (I’m too independent!) so we’ll see. :>

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rebecca817 From: rebecca817 Date: November 8th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC) (link)
That sounds so wonderful. I've only seen the movie once (was not a big fan of it at the moment it came out due to real life situations) so, when does she wear it?

Oh, and did you ever see the pics I posted of you from Costume College? Will you be coming again this year?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 8th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC) (link)
To be honest it's not my favorite film (well that is a bit of an understatement) but I love the clothes without exception.

No I don't think I ever saw your CosCol pics, did you post them on your LJ? I'm planning on it...
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: November 8th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh, I love that dress! It's the only Titanic costume I've really ever wanted to repro and it will look so pretty with your coloring. So cool that it's all coming together with stash and sale fabrics, woo hoo!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 8th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I know it's like it was just meant to be! :> I always intended to make it in a different color than the film version someday (I've always thought it would look amazing in cream or black (like the original)) but I can't argue with fate now can I? :P
fancyfrocks From: fancyfrocks Date: November 8th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC) (link)
Oooh! Can't wait to see what you come up with :) I love this period on you.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 8th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I really do too, it's one of my most favorites!
sewphisticate From: sewphisticate Date: November 8th, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC) (link)
I used that pattern for a teens dress--goes together very easily. Only thing you might want to do is add some curved seams to the back for fitting--the actual pattern is pretty square.

That color will be beautiful on you.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 8th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC) (link)
Good to know - thanks!
redthreaded From: redthreaded Date: November 8th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC) (link)
Yes!!! I love that gown. It's going to be gorgeous!

And that is some CHEAP Velvet. Wow.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 8th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I know, I couldn't believe it when I found it!
izodiea From: izodiea Date: November 8th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC) (link)
Congrats on the find!

Is that little outfit from a barbie doll? It's adorable.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 8th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! No it's slightly bigger than Barbie - it's the Franklin Mint version. Some things are wrong (the vervelt skirt!) but most of it is pretty accurate so I'm usig it as one of my referances.
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: November 8th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC) (link)
I've always wanted to see this pattern made up, especially after I bought it. And it will look beautiful in the blue.
Love the little mini outfit.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 8th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC) (link)
Well I plan to alter and butcher the pattern as useal. It's a good base though... much easier than starting from scratch! Thanks - the mini outfit is the Franklin Mint version.
s0mmer From: s0mmer Date: November 8th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC) (link)
Excellent find! One thought about a velvet skirt: it'll get smushed where you sit :/ Perhaps that's the reason for the silk skirt?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 8th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC) (link)
Yeah it made sense when I thought about it, I just had a velvet skirt in my head for some reason! :>
cracked_code From: cracked_code Date: November 8th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC) (link)
Um. Like Wow.

because that is just way too cool...
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 8th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC) (link)
I know, huh?
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: November 8th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC) (link)
I really want to do a Flying dress one day. Can't wait to see how yours turns out!

Oh, and yeah, the Franklin mint did the skirt wrong (velvet). D'oh!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 8th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! And thanks so much for your Costumer's Guide - it's been a great resource. So many of the old Titanic sites are gone now.

Speaking of do you know anyone who has made a Flying dress with a dress diary or LJ entries? I've been looking around and can't find any dress diaries for a Flying Dress. I know people have made the outfit, surely I wouldn't be the first to do a dress diary online?!
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: November 9th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC) (link)
You're welcome! I saved some older exhibit pics too, that I don't have posted if you need.

Hmm. I don't know - did madamekat make a version of the Flying dress? Or am I thinking of someone else? Not sure.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 9th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC) (link)
I probally have the older pics but would you mind terribly sending them to me just in case? You can email them to mistress at jennylafleur dot com - thanks!

Nope, she made the Jump.
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: November 10th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC) (link)
I'll try and do it tonight! :-) If I forget, please send me a reminder!
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: November 9th, 2010 03:01 am (UTC) (link)
Awesome! I cant wait to see your version!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 9th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks!
suededsilk From: suededsilk Date: November 11th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC) (link)
Fantastic find, and how great is it that it matches your taffeta! :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 14th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I wish real life would stop getting in the way so I could work on it! :P
muddled_musings From: muddled_musings Date: November 19th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC) (link)
EEEK! How neat you found the perfect shade of blue--I know this has been on your list of costumes to make for ages. ;) It's one of my favorites from the film and I can't wait to see what you do with it! (Dare I say I'll like your take a lot more than the original? ;)

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