Jenny La Fleur
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the fluffy capelet

I have been such a slacker with the Happy-A-Long this year - bad Jenny! I have all sorts of lame excuses but to sum up I've been crazy busy and rather lazy. I've so been enjoying all the "happys" on my Friend's list though - they make me smile every day!

One of the things I have been crazy busy with is sewing. I had a serious conference with my "to-do" list and after the initial panic, comparing it's length and the time available to me before March, I have been knuckling down and getting to work on it. First up was my wool capelet but thanks to my decision to trim it in fur I'm at a standstill with it until my fur arrives. So I moved on to my second capelet - the silk one!

 

A few weeks ago I discovered that once again my Stash had anticipated my wants and desires - I had all the elements to make this capelet that I have been drooling over for months sitting in the house. I love it when that happens!

 

Originally I draped a pattern (in miniature, using my Franklin Mint Titanic doll to save fabric) so I could make an exact reproduction but eventually decided I liked the pattern I'd developed for my wool capelet better. Doing straight reproductions isn't really my thing anyway.

 

Cutting it out proved to be a challenge thanks to my fabric restrictions. I had 3.5yds and I used every millimeter of it trying to fit in the cape body, a self-lining layer of the body, the huge hood, a matching muff and a bit of bias tape to finish the neckline. It took a couple of hours, a seam in the center back (like the original) and lots of fiddling but I managed it in the end - whew! I so added an interlining of cotton flannel for warmth, which I'm still a bit iffy on. It definitely made the cape more practical but also stiffer. But then again the fabric itself, a silk blend I picked up in LA a few years ago, is a bit on the stiff side so maybe the flannel doesn't matter that much. Oh well, it's done now!

 

The capelet was about half machine sewing, half hand sewing. Basically anything that showed I did by hand. I was just in the mood!

The feather boas (my big splurge during the Ostrich.com going-out-of-business sale) were all sewn by hand of course. They were a huge pain in the butt to deal with but the results are SO worth it. Even if my room is covered in marabou feather fluff (I thought silk velvet fuzz was bad!).

 

I still have the muff to make but I adore the finished results and I can't wait to wear it!

 

 

 

 

 

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girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: December 13th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC) (link)
*squeeeeeeee!!!!* Oh my goodness! That is all kinds of fabulous!! I can't wait to see you wearing it.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: December 13th, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I knew you would approve! :>
the_aristocat From: the_aristocat Date: December 13th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC) (link)
That is so stunning that I can't find words to describe it. Absolutely beautiful!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: December 13th, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you so much - I'm so pleased with it!
art2love From: art2love Date: December 13th, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC) (link)
Wow, that is so beautiful. You did a wonderful job!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: December 13th, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you!
my_stitching From: my_stitching Date: December 13th, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC) (link)
That is super cute! And PINK! Yay!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: December 13th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks!
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: December 13th, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC) (link)
So pretty!!!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: December 13th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much - I can use it for Regency too yay!
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: December 13th, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC) (link)
Squeeee!! That is so gorgeous!!!! you are going to have to keep it under lock and key though, I have a feeling it would look just lovely on me ;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: December 13th, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC) (link)
You behave yourself Missy! Although you are one of the few people I know that would look good in this color. It's such a warm pink, it looks ghastly on my Mom and sister! :>
theladysarah From: theladysarah Date: December 13th, 2012 04:26 pm (UTC) (link)
ADORABLE! I want one! I love pink
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: December 13th, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Pink is always a good thing. :>
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: December 13th, 2012 04:28 pm (UTC) (link)
It looks lovely, bravo! So festive and luxe.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: December 13th, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I know, I wish I had enough boas left to make a red one - it would be so Christmasy!
angldst From: angldst Date: December 13th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC) (link)
This capelet has turned out absolutely gorgeous. You'll make a lovely picture in it! :D

<3

-d
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: December 13th, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks - I can't wait to wear it!
nuranar From: nuranar Date: December 13th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC) (link)
This is breathtakingly gorgeous! What a wonderful job!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: December 13th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you so much! I think I might have to bring this to CosCol, winter grament that it is...
countess_rosina From: countess_rosina Date: December 13th, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC) (link)
Completely FABULOUS. I'm definitely suffering from cloak envy right now!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: December 13th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you so much!
unclrashid From: unclrashid Date: December 13th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC) (link)
I love it, and I wouldn't have expected to...(I usually hate satin and shiny stuff, but it is silk, and the color has a warmth that most pinks don't have) Would it be sacrilege to suggest that it needs to get a little wrinkled like the inspriation pic so it would be all charmingly antiquey?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: December 13th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC) (link)
My sister and I were talking about that, it will look even better once it is "lived in" a bit...
scottishlass From: scottishlass Date: December 13th, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC) (link)
Jenny this turned out to be absolutely wonderful ... I can't decide which version I like more - the original or yours. Both have a wonderful form and are both unique. Great!!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: December 13th, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you so much, what a nice compliment!
jenthompson From: jenthompson Date: December 13th, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC) (link)
OMG that's sooooooooo pretty!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: December 13th, 2012 09:51 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much - I love it!
gilded_garb From: gilded_garb Date: December 13th, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC) (link)
It's gorgeous! Yay for getting stuff done!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: December 14th, 2012 01:14 am (UTC) (link)
Really I can't decide what is more exciting, the pretty capelet or getting to cross something off my list... :>
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