Jenny La Fleur
the plan of attack - Jenny La Fleur
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the plan of attack
The cotton voile for my Chemise á la Reine arrived today. Oh my gosh - it is gorgeous stuff! So fine and soft, like butter. And that is before washing too. I think I may need to buy some for underpinnings and a few summer tops... :>

In sewing news I haven't been up to much. I want to finish up old projects before starting on the new so I have trimmed down my stays straps (redoing the binding & eyelets), finished the lace on my pet en l'air sleeves, sewn down the bows. Still have the hooks and eyes to do.

I'm off to Fort Fred on Friday so I want to get some trim and sleeve ruffles on my red print English gown. Then I'm going to work on B's gown. Looks like she will be going to an event with me in May so I need to fix the tweaks. Like hems and sleeves that were sewn on backwards, that sort of thing. :>

May 6th is the countdown for my Chemise á la Reine so I've been busy researching that. It's amazing for so simple a garment there are endless variations. I want a 1780s dress so I'm going for longer puffy sleeves like this:
I think I want a little sweep in back, not a train and one ruffle at the neckline (maybe lace). I haven't seen much evidence for underwear showing through plus it would annoy me so I’m trying to decide if I want a lining or a bodiced petticoat of some kind. Now that my fabric is here though I just want to start working on it!!

After that will be the Victorian corset, anchor of my CC Gala and bustle outfits. I washed the new bustle fabric (gift from a fabric fairy :>) today. I got all the discoloring out which makes me happy (Oxiclean is such a beautiful thing). It still has an old musty smell though so it's out on the line drying in the lovely spring weather we are enjoying this week. I'm going to leave it there over night and see how it is in the morning. Dew can work wonders you know.

The robe volante is on hold for now. I sat down and listed everything I wanted to make for CC and prioritized it low, medium or high importance. The robe volante made it into the low category so I'm not going to even look at it again until the high list is finished. *looks longingly at fabric*

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From: misslemmon Date: April 25th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC) (link)
Wash it with Liquid Ivory Snow, and add Downy Free, in cold water for a second washing. Either is was that mixture or the pink dye that finally got rid of the smell.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 26th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks for the tip! I've got it pre-soaking in Biz & Borateen at Mom's suggestion at the moment but if that doesn't work then I'll try the Ivory Snow. :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: April 26th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC) (link)
Im really so excited to see your chemise dress! I love the sleeves that portrait so I think it will be lovely!
Im having a hard time deciding whether or not to line my dress as well. How do you like one would go about making an 18th century bodiced petticoat?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 26th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you! I'm thinking I will just take my fitted English gown lining, matching the neckline and waist of the chemise la reine and add a skirt to that. It's already fitted to the stays so it seems simplest way to go about it.
From: laurenmonkey Date: April 26th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC) (link)
I'm on the Chemise bandwagon, too, I think... How many yards of fabric did you get? I was looking at the layout in the Cut of Women's Clothes and it looks pretty easy... easy=good!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 26th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC) (link)
Katherine said she used also all of her 10yds and being significantly bigger and taller I figured I'd need 15yds and bought 18yds. Better safe than sorry. :>

Easy is definitely good!!
jennil From: jennil Date: April 26th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC) (link)
Glad you mentioned this! I only bought 10 yds of voile, and need to use some of it for fichus/flounces, so I definitely need to order some more as well! (Imagine my disappointment at being forced to order more fabric!) ;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 26th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC) (link)
Yeah, that is the only bad thing about the exclusive silks voile, it's only 36" wide so you need more yardage. As Katherine pointed out it is a period width though! :>

More good mail days to look forward to... you poor baby!
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