Jenny La Fleur
another feat of marathon sewing - Jenny La Fleur
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another feat of marathon sewing
I know it hasn’t been that long since I updated this journal but it feels like forever. Actually it feels like 2006 has been going on forever. I really must stop this habit of cramming so much into such small amounts of time. I don’t know that I can last the year out at this pace!! :>

I was sick most of this week. *sigh* My first cold of the new year. Indeed a nice little head cold that tried very hard to become a sinus infection but I held it off (thank goodness!). I’ve probably pushed to hard the last few days but honestly I don’t have time to be sick any longer! *shrugs shoulders*

My cold seriously messed up my sewing plans. If you will recall I started work on a new English gown for RCHS events last weekend. Specifically I needed a warmer frock for an event this weekend. Starting one two days before the event is probably insane, even by my standards, but a girl has got to do what a girl has got to do! Besides the pseudoephedrine (from the cold meds) didn’t allowed me to sleep well, so I figured I might as well do something useful with my time.

So late Thursday night I fitted the lining and then took the time to transfer my changes to a new master pattern. You know, so next time I can just whip it out without the extra fitting. :P

I spent all of Friday (with the exception of a couple hours of MK work) working on the frock - all the way until 4am in fact. I took a 3 hour nap and then got the dress in wearable condition by 10:45. With B’s help I dressed, sewing myself into the bodice as I didn’t have time to sew on hooks and eyes, and was at the event by 12:15 – fifteen minutes ahead of schedule! And another feat of marathon sewing is completed! *throws confetti*

My gown was made of dress-weight green wool pinched from Mum. I used the same basic pattern as my red stripe and ball gown, just perfecting the fit a bit more. I think I can safely say after three tries I have this style mastered! I really need to carve out more time to do a variation on the style one of these days! :>

Naturally there are cheats I need to go back and fix, like the machine hem, but overall I’m very happy with my new frock. I want to add some tapes in the skirt to polonaise it as well and some hooks and eyes would be good of course. The hem came out too long and the sleeves need to be properly finished rather than just turned under and hand basted. Etc.

I should probably add that the event today was fun, despite being almost frozen to death. It snowed, sleeted and gusted off & on all day. lady_spencer was there too though so I had some sunshine in my day. *wink* It was fun visiting with her and seeing her lovely blue frock in person. It was just too darn cold to fret about pic taking at the event (had my cloak on most of the time anyway) but I did get Bridget to take a few when I got home. Please excuse my somewhat bedraggled appearance in the pics!

After today a flannel petticoat, wool mitts and a muff are tops on my wardrobe list. A new hat to wear in less than ideal weather would be nice too. I just couldn’t bring myself to wear my silk hat in snow! :>

Why I’m still awake I really don’t know. Maybe some residue pseudoephedrine in my system. Blah! Well tomorrow is an LJ-girl outing to G Streets – I can’t wait! :>

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lacomtesse From: lacomtesse Date: February 18th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh, it turned out so well! I love the en fourreau back...the pleats are so neatly stitched! You really look the part. :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 18th, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC) (link)
I must admit the en fourreau back is my favorite part - both to look at and to construct. It's probably why I keep making the same frock over and over again - so fun!

Thanks! :>
gilded_garb From: gilded_garb Date: February 18th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC) (link)
That color is absolutely gorgeous on you! Great job, epecially for being so gives me hope for my three day bustle gown ;o)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 20th, 2006 01:47 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I get teased about all the green colored costumes I make but honestly it's hard to argue a color that works for me! *wink*
aclisto From: aclisto Date: February 19th, 2006 08:35 am (UTC) (link)
Oh my gosh! So super cute!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 20th, 2006 01:47 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: February 19th, 2006 09:30 am (UTC) (link)
Great job! I am ever amazed at your speed!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 20th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm a bit amazed myself! *grin*
lady_spencer From: lady_spencer Date: February 19th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC) (link)
I love that gown! It looked nice and warm, and I like the color. :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 20th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! :>
la_couteriere From: la_couteriere Date: February 19th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC) (link)
I LOVE your new gown, and you finished it so fast! it's very cute, and the fit is great :)
I have a question: did you drape your sleeve pattern or use a pattern? I'm having major problems with my sleeves for a similar project :(
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 23rd, 2006 11:22 am (UTC) (link)
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you... so behind this week...

I used the sleeve from Janet Arnold (page 37) as my base and altered it from there. I have some notes on how I toiled the sleeves in my red stripe dress diary. If you have any more questions - feel free to shoot me an e-mail to mistress (at) chateauwhite (dot) com

padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: February 19th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC) (link)
Looks great, Jenny! Sorry about your cold - you sound like you had the same thing I did - I think mine was trying hard to become a sinus infection too. It's finally mostly gone now, thank goodness!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 23rd, 2006 11:22 am (UTC) (link)
Thank goodness is right! :> Thanks Maggie! :>

Hey - how are your stays going?
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: March 6th, 2006 08:25 pm (UTC) (link)
They aren't right now - but they will get done, I swear! :-)
tonyadmay From: tonyadmay Date: February 20th, 2006 06:07 am (UTC) (link)
Wow! All your work turns out so perfectly crisp and clean, just like out of a painting. I love the colors too!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 23rd, 2006 11:24 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks! *blushes* I don't know about all but I'm pleased that this frock did at least! :>
dormous From: dormous Date: February 20th, 2006 07:02 am (UTC) (link)
I turn around for five minutes and you've gone and sewed another en fourreau gown. Man are you crazy. Gorgeous gown though like always. Next time you do one of these every day gowns it's gotta be handsewn in blue striped linen or linsey-woolsey with a simple blue trim round the edge. Cos I said so.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 23rd, 2006 11:26 am (UTC) (link)
Are you buying the fabric? *hee hee* I do want a blue gown someday... how did you know? Handsewn may be going a bit far though girlie! My fingers start to cramp just at the notion. :P

Thanks! *wink*
dormous From: dormous Date: February 24th, 2006 10:39 am (UTC) (link)
Maybe it is a bit far *grins* I'd buy the fabric if you promised to handsew it all *hey quit throwing stuff at me! it's just an idea!*
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: February 20th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC) (link)
As usual, it's wonderful! Glad the event was a success. And buy some gorgeous fabric today, I guess it is now :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 23rd, 2006 11:27 am (UTC) (link)
Thank you - your compliments mean a lot! :>
From: lindseyerin37 Date: February 20th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC) (link)
Looks wonderful! I'm impressed.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 23rd, 2006 11:27 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much! :>
kuusikuu From: kuusikuu Date: February 22nd, 2006 05:56 am (UTC) (link)
Amazing! Your gown looks like you'd been perfecting it for months! Why doesn't my last minute sewing ever look like that?;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 23rd, 2006 11:30 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Well, it helps that this is the third time I've made this exact dress. I would never try marathon-sewing on a new or un-tried project. Not quite that far gone... yet. *wink*
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