Jenny La Fleur
mlle butterfly begin - Jenny La Fleur
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mlle butterfly begin

I started on my teens Butterfly gown tonight. *throws confetti* I just need a break from the 18th century and since I have all the supplies and a deadline for this project I thought, why not finially start it! :>

I didn’t get too far because I got sucked into the computer looking through my costuming files & bookmarks for inspiration. Wretched thing the internet. I did find some yummy things though and I finally have an idea of what I want to do. The original concept I created last year was a good one but with a slight change in fabrics (and direction of interest) I am changing it. Nothing is ever set in stone until the fabric is cut you know. :>

I’m particularly inspired by both this gown from Kyoto and this one from the Met as well as this pattern diagram from Ladies Treasury. I'm not sure how well I can conbine all the elements I like but I have some other ideas floating my head. I really just want the fabrics to speak to me as I drape. I’m completely in love with the textiles I’m using so I really want to showcase them. It’s backwards from the way I usually work but I’m excited about the challege. I’m all about change in my life right now.

I’m determined to take a very laid back approach to this gown. I mean I’ve spent a year reading and researching the fashion of the period but I’ve put the books aside now. No period diagrams or historic patterns to size up. I’m not checking seam placement or documented period construction techniques. I need a break from all that. I’m just going to for the right look and feel and if that isn't 100% correct, oh well.

I got as far as taking measurements of me in the corset and the first steps of draping the basic bodice lining tonight. Nothing terribly exciting yet I know but there you are. It's a begining. I need to take this first toile off Narcissa, cut a second half and baste it up for a fitting. Haven't gotten my machine in to the shop yet so I might as well do it tomorrow, right? *grin* I’ve cut everything generously - watch for the seams to be cut down to size, the top to be trimmed and the bottom cut off to just above the waist.

Fun, fun! :>


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demode From: demode Date: January 21st, 2006 01:36 am (UTC) (link)
LOVE the inspiration images. Can't wait to see how this turns out!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 21st, 2006 07:35 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I'm having way too much fun with this, can you tell? :>
dancinseamstres From: dancinseamstres Date: January 21st, 2006 08:59 am (UTC) (link)
yay mr. butterfly!
i love the third inspiration pic. i could so see you (and mr. butterfly) in that!!

i need to find a pattern for a teens corset....i love the dresses, but no use making one until i make the bits and pieces that go beneath (grr. i hate underpinnings)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 21st, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC) (link)
Underpinnings = necessary evil

I feel you pain. I can't believe I want to revisit the Titanic corset for a third try. I really must be mad! :>
elegant_musings From: elegant_musings Date: January 21st, 2006 10:21 am (UTC) (link)
Yay!! So glad you've finally started! :) You've only been working on this for how long?! ;) lol. Good luck!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 21st, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC) (link)
Yeah - it's been too long. It's definitely time to get this puppy off my planning list! :>
From: among_hedgerows Date: January 21st, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC) (link)
Can't wait to read about your progress on this! Love your inspiration gowns!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 21st, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you! :>
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