Jenny La Fleur
plodding on - Jenny La Fleur
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jennylafleur
plodding on
I am still plodding along with the ETD dress. The chiffon sleeve layer has taken a lot of time since all the finishing is by hand and the fabric is so delicate and finicky (darn crinkle!) that I'm having to take my time at it. The neckline and back seam have had rolled hems, the side seams/kimono sleeves have been French seamed. Thank goodness I was able to use the salvage on the sleeves so no hemming there! I couldn't handle the thought of hemming the bottom of the bodice (especially since it will be covered up anyway) so I stitched a length of 1/8" ribbon along my seam allowance to stabilize the bottom. I sewed a second strip of ribbon onto the front section that has to be gathered, again for stability.

The demon fabric has continued to put up a fight in the skirt. Letting out all the seams helped but wasn’t quite enough so I inserted a placket at the center back and am just off-setting my closure on that until it fits. It’s still a tight fit, little ease, but luckily my corset is long so there isn't any strain there and I have layers of fabric to go over it so it shouldn't be noticeable. *crossing fingers*

So (after multiple fittings to double check everything) the skirt and chiffon layer are pinned in place on to the foundation bodice and I'm ready to sew them on, the skirt by machine and the chiffon by hand. Then it's onto the layers of gold lace and black chiffon. I'm feeling a little apprehensive about that part, since I'm not sure how that is going to work. I mean if the ideas in my head will look pretty on my body. But I'm trying to push the negative thoughts away and just get on with it... It will be pretty, it will be pretty…

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bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: March 22nd, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC) (link)
Sounds like a lot of fiddly fabrics to deal with. Nice work on using the selvage at the sleeves. And yes, it will be pretty!

I hadn't given much thought as to how I was going to deal with hemming my sleeves which are sheer AND embroidered with spangles - what a nightmare! I went through three different solutions before I finally hit on one that worked and didn;t involved painstakingly de-spangling part of the fabric then doing a rolled hem.
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: March 22nd, 2012 04:24 pm (UTC) (link)
Yes, it will be pretty!
impulsereader From: impulsereader Date: March 22nd, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC) (link)
Demon Fabric! Clearly you need an exorcist, perhaps someone on your friends listing can help out. :-)
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