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last of the toiles

The skirt toileing yesterday went really well. I played around with the seams using pins at first, trying to figure out if I wanted to go with the pleats all the way around (the way the skirt was intended to be made) or if I just wanted one in the back (more like the Cordelia). I decided I liked the slimmer front, full back so I played around with pins working on the fullness. When I was happy I stitched up the seams and tried it on.



Laaaa!!! I'm so happy with this skirt, I can't even tell you. It's flattering and makes me feel like a queen when I walk in it (It really has to be seen in action hence the crappy little video...). And that is in muslin! I didn't slim the hip area too much in the back, putting my dress definitely in the 1910-11 range but I'm fine with that. I can’t wait to see this in my fashion fabric!

I had Mom mark the hem (so my pattern could be more accurate) then started playing around with train options. Looking through my research files I’m mostly seeing pointed or triangle trains and squared off trains. Round ones are there too but the triangle and square seem to be more popular, the triangle especially so in 1912.


So I played around with the triangle. My first try was very slim and pointed, like a pennant flag. I liked it but pondering the train, it really was too long. This is an evening gown not a court dress.


So I shortened it, changing the angle of the train to more of a triangle. I like it! I should probably futz with it a bit more (I'm more hoping than anything that it will lay nicely when finished which makes me nervous) but mentally I'm really done with toileing. I need to move on with this project!

So I declared it good enough and starting tracing off all the master patterns - skirt, bodice foundation and sleeve bodice. I got everything but the skirt back piece done last night before bedtime. Today I start cutting my fabrics - exciting!!

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my_stitching From: my_stitching Date: March 16th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC) (link)
The skirt drapes beautifully. I also like it with more fullness at the back for my own gowns. I think it looks so elegant.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 17th, 2012 12:40 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks - yeah I'm really happy with it!
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: March 16th, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC) (link)
Very nice!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 17th, 2012 12:41 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Now the question of the hour... do I interline it?
madamekat From: madamekat Date: March 16th, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh, so exciting!! Your toile looks great!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 17th, 2012 12:41 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! It's always exciting when a toile looks this good! :>
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: March 16th, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC) (link)
It looks wonderful, I can see why you feel like a queen, so elegant!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 17th, 2012 12:42 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Yeah, I can't wait to walk down long hallways at Dress U in it!
the_aristocat From: the_aristocat Date: March 16th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC) (link)
It looks beautiful!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 17th, 2012 12:42 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks!
elegant_musings From: elegant_musings Date: March 16th, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC) (link)
Beautiful! It's going to be stunning in the fashion fabric! Out of curiosity: how do you plan on treating the hem of the train? Are you going to face it/weight it?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 17th, 2012 12:44 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm going to face the train itself but I'm going to just hem the rest of the skirt. I think facing the whole thing is probably more accurate but I frankly don't want to bother...
jennil From: jennil Date: March 16th, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC) (link)
It's beautiful!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 17th, 2012 12:44 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much!
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: March 16th, 2012 08:21 pm (UTC) (link)
That really is a lovely shape! I especially like that it's fitted through the waist, some of the looser high waisted Teens dresses can look so frumpy, this looks very svelte and elegant :) I'm so excited to see it in the real fabric!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 17th, 2012 12:48 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Yeah the other style can be cute I think but this is definitely more flattering to my curves!
reine_de_coudre From: reine_de_coudre Date: March 16th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC) (link)
it looks so elegant! great work!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 17th, 2012 12:48 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks!!
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