Jenny La Fleur
battling green fuzz - Jenny La Fleur
adventures in costuming
battling green fuzz
Yesterday I started work on my Rohan gown. It took forever to machine baste the velvet pieces to the cotton lining pieces. All the stories I'd heard about velvet are true: sewing the stuff is slow, meticulous work involving tons of pins. Very tedious. Make that very, very</b> tedious. I listened to the book-on-tape of "To the Scaffold" (bio of Marie Antoinette ) so that helped the tedium. I love books-on-tape!

Today I put the dress together, sans collar, sleeves and a finished hem. I started out by just trying to pin well but in the end I resorted to basting each seam by hand before machine sewing it. It was the only way I could control the fabric. Even by hand control was a bit of a challenge. My velvet has the unfortunate combination of a pile (like all velvets) and a rather thick upholstery backing. Pins just wouldn't do the job.

So I got out my needles, thread and beeswax and plopped in front of A&E’s Pride & Prejudice. It didn't turn out to be a great choice as I frequently found my eyes on the screen and my hands idle. I guess hadn’t watched it in a while. :> By the end of the day both the main dress and the movie were finished though.

At some point I need to paint that second belt (so they both gold) and figure out how I am going to attach the belts together. I'm thinking about having something in the center, taking the concept from the triangle in the Becon Dress's belt. I'm still pondering that idea...

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From: floorlamps Date: May 29th, 2004 08:14 pm (UTC) (link)
Ooooh. I can't wait to see more of its progress--it promises well.

jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 31st, 2004 06:35 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! :>
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: May 29th, 2004 08:51 pm (UTC) (link)
Oooh, it's going to be lovely...

All the trouble with the velvet was worth it!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 31st, 2004 06:34 pm (UTC) (link)
All the trouble with the velvet was worth it!

Good thing! :> No really, I think so too. Very worth the effort...
From: misscrabtree Date: May 30th, 2004 07:14 am (UTC) (link)
oh wow, lookes really, really nice :) You must have the patience of a saint to work with velvet.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 31st, 2004 06:33 pm (UTC) (link)
LOL! Patience of a saint? I wish!
The stubbornness of a crazy and obsessed seamstress is probably more accurate. *hahaha* :>
ktlovely From: ktlovely Date: May 30th, 2004 08:02 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh, that's lovely! The color's gorgeous with your hair. :) Looks like your hard work and hand-basting paid off!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 31st, 2004 06:27 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks. :> I do love the color with my hair. That was what really decided me on the fabric... anything that makes my hair look really red is a keeper! :>
elegant_musings From: elegant_musings Date: May 31st, 2004 06:27 am (UTC) (link)
Have I told you yet how jealous I am you got velvet for you dress??? ;) It looks gorgeous so far!! See, it was worth it, wasn't it?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 31st, 2004 06:26 pm (UTC) (link)
Yes, definitely worth it. I feel very elegant in it and it's not finished yet! :>
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