Jenny La Fleur
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more bodice toileing

After talking over this year's project to do list with a friend yesterday I got the bug to be working on something last night. :> I tidied up the toiles for the lining and kimono top, cleaning up edges and actually sewing everything together. So changes I’ve made to the S&S pattern so far are to lengthen the sleeve, remove the darts, recut the neckline to be wider and with a deeper “V” in back and to bring up the curve of the armhole for a closer fit.

I then turned my attention to the upper bodice. I looked at the Maude pattern in Arnold again (actually that is what inspired the change in the kimono armholes, they are quite high in that pattern :>) and decided to try draping the section again with that pattern as my base. So I enlarged it in the computer, printed it out, laid out the pages, placed toile fabric over it and traced the shape out with a marker. You can see how scientific I am about these things. :>

I ran gathering stitches down the center front and the center back edges and then draped the piece on Narcissa until I was happy. I ended up trimming quite a bit of it away, both top and bottom, to get the shape I wanted. You can see above the shape of the finished piece; it’s quite different from the original. I ended up with just a slight gathering which I think looks nice. I may take another whack at it to see if I can have a bodice without gathers or darts. The corset may alter my shape enough to get way with it (like on my Rohan gown). I don’t know, the gathers are nice and my fabric drapes so beautifully. :>

I started to drape the skirt lining as well but decided to go to bed before too long. I think before I mess with that any more I’ll try using the Butterick pattern as my base first. I think it will help things to go quicker. I want to move on to that draped overskirt! :>


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From: misscrabtree Date: February 2nd, 2006 10:28 am (UTC) (link)
First of all, I love the progress of the dress toile, its going to be so amazing once completed.

But you know me, always looking around in the background...the Titanic Doll in the background...I have always wanted one. Actually I'm bidding on two right now on eBay Shhhhhhh (secret) Please tell me more about it. Is she wearing a dress made by you, is that the vinyl version, how tall is he and do you coif her hair yourself? Sorry, so many questions.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 3rd, 2006 07:35 am (UTC) (link)

Yep, that is the vinyl doll. She's in one of the FM dresses, the yellow deck dress (you can see more pics if it on my doll pages here). I haven’t made my doll any clothes, although I always thought is would be fun to do so. I knew a collector or two that bought multiple dolls, replaced the wig with a blonde one and made regency clothes to create a Marianne Dashwood doll. Someday maybe… :>

Yes, I coif her hair myself, or Bridget does. She likes to play with my dolls too. :> A few years ago I redid her hair a bit. I trimmed the ends, giving her a little bit of a layer at the bottom so her hair would curl under slightly. I brushed back all of her hair (including the original curls framing her face) before pulling out three little wisps of hair to frame her face. I then wetted and twisted them so they were better defined.

I think B styled her hair last time, pulling it all back into a soft bun. When I do her hair, I like to give her a side part and giving her little rolls on the sides. I pin the rolls well then create a bun with the rest of her hair just above her neck. This is a great style when she is wearing a hat.

Good luck with your auctions! :>
From: misscrabtree Date: February 3rd, 2006 08:02 am (UTC) (link)
I won my auction last night ;) Just took a look at your site with the doll clothing. I want. Now I feel the need to build on her wardrobe. But better wait to 'till I get the actual doll. Now, Vincent will be elected to build a case for my dolls. Can you tell I'm excited ;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 3rd, 2006 07:35 am (UTC) (link)
Oh the vinyl version is 16½" tall I believe, somewhere in there. :>
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