Jenny La Fleur
a twelfth night announment - Jenny La Fleur
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a twelfth night announment
At the risk of having tomatoes and other produce thrown in my direction I must announce that Bridget and I have decided to change the theme of our Twelfth Night party. I know, I know - but the reasons to switch are very good! :>

Instead of “opera” the theme will be “tavern”, an old fashioned English tavern. Colorful tavern signs everywhere, tankards, wooden plates, the warm glow of candlelight and yummy pub food. The result of too much BBC lately and reading a bio on Shakespeare I think. But who can really tell where this sort of inspiration comes from. :>

The opera theme was just not gelling and B and I were beginning to get frustrated with the whole thing. Not good. We just couldn’t afford or find the things we needed for it. With this new scheme however we are back to being enthused, excited and motivated about the party again so it was the right decision. You know we changed the theme for the last party about this time of year too. :P

The only costume plans (that I know of anyway) that are really ruined are mine. The other plans I’ve heard about should work just fine - this theme actually works better for the pirates I think. I just can’t picture the 1911 opera dress in a Jacobean type tavern, can you? Not that guest attire must match the theme, but I know some have expressed interest in doing so.

While I don’t regret the change in plans (those tavern signs are going to be a blast to make!), I am in a bit of a quandary about my projects for the next 6 months. I could go ahead and make the opera dress as planned but it’s tempting to put it on hold and make something that will fit in with the pirates a bit more now. :> It’s especially tempting when I consider that I could make something to wear for both the October ball and Twelfth Night.

I don’t know. I didn’t realize how much I was looking forward to working on the opera frock until I started contemplating putting it on hold for a while. The excuse and time to make something nice for the ball is tempting though. I don’t really know what I want that project to be, no real inspiration so far. I need to drag out the “fancy fabric” bin and see if there are any possibilities inside, any fabric that “speaks” to me. I don’t have much money for the project as I have to start buying supplies for the *secret* one so soon so using something in the house is best.

I’m up for suggestions if y’all have any though. Any 18th century frocks/styles you’ve ever looked at and thought “Jenny-Rose should make that!”? Yeah I know. *grin*

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padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: July 13th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC) (link)
D'oh! My pirate dress would have been perfect, but I already wore it! :-) The new theme sounds fun! No idea what I will wear - I probably won't decide til last minute, knowing me! :-) If I finish my Sleepy Hollow Windmill gown in time, I will probably wear that!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 14th, 2005 07:11 am (UTC) (link)
See you should have worn LOTR last year! *hee hee* I'm not worried about you, you have so many lovely costumes to choose from and like I said, no one has to match the theme. I know one guest was talking about wearing her 1860s ball gown no matter what so it's all good.

Sleepy Hollow would be fun though, I think Miss C is still doing 1780-90s and I will probably do 18th century as well. What fun!
sarahlizzi From: sarahlizzi Date: July 13th, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC) (link)
I feel like I should toss a tomato your way, just on principle.


maybe you could go as an 18th century opera singer? or try something a bit earlier...I think this could be a good Jenny-Rose look. in green, of course and sans apron. ;)

I think you need an embroidered stomacher, because you are such a good embroiderer.

btw, I like your new theme a lot. :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 14th, 2005 07:35 am (UTC) (link)

Ooh... 18th century opera singer - that could be fun! *mental wheels start turning in a dangerous way* Oh I like the link too... you are just full of good ideas today - thanks! Funny I've been thinking of an embroidered stomacher for that cream linen jacket I want to make too.

Yeah, green! Although, if you notice all my 18th century so far is red. Bizarre that. Thanks, glad you enjoy the layout!
sewphisticate From: sewphisticate Date: July 13th, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC) (link)
Get ahold of a copy of the ancient "Scarlet Pimpernel," starring Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour. All of her clothes are to-die-for, and she has the most wonderful "theatrical" costume, if you decide on the opera singer sarahlizzi suggested.

Also, give a shout if you need some music--I have lots of 18th century Playfordy and tavern stuff, and I'd be happy to burn you a CD.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 14th, 2005 07:40 am (UTC) (link)
Ooh Scarlet Pimpernel - good idea! We have it so I can pop it in anytime. Really need to get the DVD though, the VHS is starting to get fuzzy from much viewing! :>

Music? Oh you are sweet! We have a CD from Williamsburg I think but more would be wonderful... if you really don't mind.
jennil From: jennil Date: July 13th, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC) (link)
Your new theme sounds like so much fun! I vote for rearranging the states so that Virginia is right beside Massachusetts. What do you think? Okay with you? ;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 14th, 2005 07:43 am (UTC) (link)
*haha* Seems to me you made the same suggestion last year as well and it proved to be out of our budget. :>

We really do need to move closer to each other!
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: July 13th, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC) (link)
That sounds like a really cool theme! Maybe some sort of lower class outfit would be appropriate or maybe something like a petticoat with an embroidered waistcoat and a pretty chemise.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 14th, 2005 07:47 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks, yeah we are excited. Huummmm... that is an idea. Although I don't really want to wear a lower class outfit to the ball. I could make up something fun for one of my dancing wardrobe ensembles and debut it at the party though. *think, think, think*
From: misscrabtree Date: July 16th, 2005 05:50 am (UTC) (link)
Sorry, coming in a little late on know, the work thing again.

You know what pattern and fabric I think you should use, but with a twist. Go BIG, big hair(birds and ships in the hair), big dress, layers of petticoats, long layered sleeve flounces, lots of feathers, and white powder - a la Georgina Duchess of Devonshire. But then again I'm bias
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 16th, 2005 10:21 am (UTC) (link)
No worries - I always enjoy your replies, no matter when they arrive. :>

*grins* Oh now that is tempting. :P
From: misscrabtree Date: July 17th, 2005 07:04 am (UTC) (link)
Big PS here...Im sending you a note via email.
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