Jenny La Fleur
Independence Day celebrations - Jenny La Fleur
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Independence Day celebrations

Yesterday was fun. It turned out to be a remarkably gorgeous day (4th of July is usually one of the hottest and most unbearable weekends of the year), mid to high 80s and a lovely cool breeze all day. We were in the shade of trees and our tent, which also helped.

We were part of the Spotsylvania County 4th of July celebrations, so we had games for kids to play, dancing and general re-enactment. A lazy, interactive sort of event, a common format for this group apparently. Being barely proficient at dance at the moment I spent most of the day sitting under the tent working on embroidery and looking pretty. I loved it.

It’s probably not obvious to those that only know me online but in general I’m a very shy and quiet person. Especially in large or new crowds. Talking to strangers is just not something that comes easily for me, neither is first person interpreting. :> So I’m easing in slowly to the whole thing, watching and listening to how other members of the group do it and taking baby steps in following their examples.

I got all my little sewing projects finished up in time, although for the length of time I wore my hat I could have forgone the effort to re trim it. I actually liked the old shot ribbon better than the blue with the new petticoat. The bright red and blue didn’t really work for me. I’m really an earth-tone type gal I guess. :> I was complimented on my hat several time though and have promised to forward a link to Katherine’s how-to page to a few of my new friends. *grin*

I’m not entirely happy with the petticoat. Despite making it the exact measurement and pleat sizes as the brown, the front panel is too large making the front too full in front. I’m going to redo the whole thing, pleats, pocket slits and all, but I’ll wait until I can make a run to G Streets for white twill tape. I used what I had on hand, an ugly, failed dye attempt twill tape left over from the Rohan gown. If I’m going to redo it I might as well use some nice tape.

Unfortunately I don’t have any pics of me yesterday on my camera. I forgot to ask someone to take one for me. Sorry about that. Here are some pics of the outfit on Narcissa for your viewing pleasure though…

I guess it’s back to the pirate frock now! :>

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maudelynn From: maudelynn Date: July 4th, 2005 09:40 am (UTC) (link)
that is lovely :) i so love stripes...
did you get a pic of the hat?
it is meant to be really hot here today,78...that is a scorcher in Seattle terms...
yay happy pirate frock :)

jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 5th, 2005 06:30 am (UTC) (link)
Opps! I forgot to take a pic of the hat, huh? I'll post one later today for you. It turned out quite pretty if I do say so myself! :>

maudelynn From: maudelynn Date: July 5th, 2005 10:01 am (UTC) (link)
and what is an esemble without the chappeau? :P
From: misselisabethr Date: July 4th, 2005 10:52 am (UTC) (link)
I love it!!! :)

Mis e.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 5th, 2005 06:30 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks much! :>
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