Jenny La Fleur
a new life for the red stripe - Jenny La Fleur
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a new life for the red stripe
Now don’t faint – I’m actually sewing today!! I can’t believe I how long it’s been since I’ve had a chance to work on my projects. Not that I’m working on any of my CC projects or anything. I’m taking some time to sort out my 18th century wardrobe a bit instead. I have an event the first weekend in April and need something to wear. So here is the plan:

  • make new petticoat
  • trim new hat
  • make new neckerchief?
  • fix green wool:
  • redo hem (shorten & hand stitch)
  • shorten sleeves
  • make new ruffle?
  • sew on hooks and eyes

I have such a cunning little plan for the petticoat I started with that first. :> Inspired by this lovely ensemble from tailordrews’s recent soirée weekend, I’m taking my red stripe apart to make a new petticoat.

I’ve been in a quandary about what to do with my red stripe for a while now. It has two issues, the first is that it’s too big – partly from mis-fitting and partly my losing weight. The second, and perhaps more important issue, is that the fabric itself is beginning to break down. It was a cheap, old cotton when I finally got around to using it and it is literally starting to dry-rot. I had thought about taking it apart and refitting it (as I love the gown) but I honestly don’t think it would survive.

I will get much more wear out of it this way and it should last longer too (less tension and wear spots on a petticoat). I probably wouldn’t have thought of it but for that picture in Bjarne’s album. When I saw it I fell in love. I adore the bold stripe as a petticoat – it’s so different. The young lady wears the petticoat with another outfit that I think is charming as well.

I have some more very cunning ideas for summer ensembles to go with the petticoat too. Good thing since I am literally starting from scratch on my wardrobe with no money to spend on fabric. *sigh* I’m spending all my money on events this year (CC & Under the Redcoat) instead. This is a year I will just have to make do with what I have. Luckily I have just about everything I need for my CC costumes and a deep fabric stash to be creative with.

If there is one thing I’m good at, it’s budget costuming. :>

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From: misscrabtree Date: March 9th, 2006 11:01 am (UTC) (link)
Now, I really love that ensemble. The hat is magnificent!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 12th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC) (link)
I agree - I want to steal that hat for my outfit! :>
nuranar From: nuranar Date: March 9th, 2006 12:40 pm (UTC) (link)
I love it when people use "cunning" for its old meaning!

~ the word nerd
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 12th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC) (link)
*hee hee* Cunning is such a lovely word too. :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: March 9th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC) (link)
Oooo! That is one pretty idea!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 12th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much! :>
delightdisorder From: delightdisorder Date: March 9th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC) (link)
I REALLY like that, I think it is the perfect plan! It seems patriotic to me, which is wonderful for the french revolution!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 12th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I think it's very French revolution too. B said it looked very Scarlet Pimpernel - I love it! :>
isiswardrobe From: isiswardrobe Date: March 10th, 2006 01:58 am (UTC) (link)
I like that enseble! And it's nice when one is able to salvage a nice fabric. :-)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 12th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! You are right, it is wonderful to salvage a good fabric! :>
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