Jenny La Fleur
elvish fun - Jenny La Fleur
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elvish fun

Today I finished the main construction of the Elvish dress. For some reason it came out a little snug in the bust, or I should say, the upper back. The toile fit perfectly so I’m not sure how that happened. It’s wearable but it’s bugging my perfectionist nature. :> Hopefully the dress will photograph better once it has sleeves and the train is weighted and hemmed. I'm planning to interline the hem with flannel, felt or some such thing so it will "drag" better.

The length of sea foam green chiffon is one I found in my “fancy fabric stash” the other day. It’s really lovely stuff I found on a bargain table, shot with black and mint threads. I bought it with a Titanic dress (tunic layer) in mind but when I laid it with the blue elvish fabrics, I fell in love. Bridget really liked it too so I’m going to add some chiffon to the inside of the bottom sleeve, creating two layers there. I hope it will add just a bit more “ooph” to the design and movement to the sleeves. So I have to cut those pieces out before I can hem the lower sleeve edges. (The two fabrics will be hemmed separately but I want to do it all at one time)

Bridget started the embellishment of the upper sleeves today and she is really whaling on the project so far. Her design is based on the flowering tree of Gondor that can be found on the ROTK soundtrack. She scanned the CD, traced it and then scanned it back in before re-sizing it. She removed some of the flowers, but the design is pretty much the same as the original. She is using a mixture of silver lined bugles, seed beads and sliver threads. Pretty, pretty!


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From: emmacarradine Date: May 7th, 2004 09:42 am (UTC) (link)
Oooh! Pretty! :)
pinque From: pinque Date: June 8th, 2004 05:30 pm (UTC) (link)
I wonder if it was because the fabric you made the toile from is more strtechy than the fabric you cut the dress from?

I had that problem making a gown for a friend and I used washed calico to make the toile.. then the gown fabric was a silk taffeta that had no stretch along the weft at all.

I would have been better off using a poly-taffeta to make the taoile from.. ah hind sight.

At least you can then pass the knowelege along;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 8th, 2004 07:59 pm (UTC) (link)
That was the odd thing about it. I used some rather stiff old cotton my Nana gave me for the toile, while the dress is also a cotton. A newer and less stiff cotton that is. Perhaps because the toile fabric was old? Or the grain was off slightly on the toile or I messed something off in the transferring of the pattern or the stars were not in alignment or something... *grin*
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