Jenny La Fleur
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toiles and trying things on

The Pimpernel petticoat - all done but the hem - yay! Oh and check out this perfect fabric for the tooth trim. It's the leftovers of my Fire Costume - how freaky is that?! The color is perfect I'm just a little hesitant because the fabric is bulky. I guess I'll have to do some testing and see how bad it looks as appliqué.

I cut out and stitched up the first toile for the pimpernel today. More work than I was thinking, as the pattern I was going to base it on isn't fitted for the new stays. So I'm having to use the pet en l'air which is quite different.

I got the basic fit and bodice lower front where I want them plus the "zone" seams marked. The neckline needs some work, the shoulder straps cut down and the back nipped in a bit at the small of the back. The biggest chore will be redoing the side/back seams. The pet en l'air lining was a quick and dirty job with vertical seams center back and center side. The pimpernel needs to have curved seams more towards the back. Shouldn't be too bad really...

While I was in the stays I tried on my chemise gown. I had a rather nasty shock when I discovered the front is too big. Just the very front mind. I have NO idea how I ended up so off, on the lining too. Luckily the 2.5" overlap isn't too noticeable in all the gathering. Good thing - I'm not sure I could have brought myself to redo those gathers again.

I think I've decided to not bother with a drawstring at the waist. I think I'll be okay without - leaving me with more time for the rest of the to-do list. I can always add it later if I find I need to. :>

Mom was gracious enough to mark the hem for me too and we experimented with sash options. I'm really digging the orange/cream combo, although if I went with the blue chiffon I could do red white and blue cockades and feathers in my hat. If I had red 18th century shoes I would totally go with the blue but the neutrals make my skin glow (plus going with the orange theme that has emerged from my CC line-up). Perhaps I will bring both and decided on the day. :>

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mala_14 From: mala_14 Date: July 13th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC) (link)
That pink and orange combo is so striking! And the chemise dress looks really pretty. Great job!
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: July 14th, 2007 01:50 am (UTC) (link)
It's all looking good! Love the fancy-smancy petticoat. :)
I'll be wearing a bit of the orange too.
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: July 14th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC) (link)
The chemise dress looks fabulous! I just love the orange. And you know, I found I didnt really need a waist casing either. It really made things a lot easier.
peggyelizabeth From: peggyelizabeth Date: July 14th, 2007 04:06 am (UTC) (link)
that color's so perfect! you lucky duck!
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: July 14th, 2007 08:14 am (UTC) (link)
it's all looking lovely! the pink and orange is such an a amazing colour combo. and the orange theme sounds like a really cool idea :p
lahoo88 From: lahoo88 Date: July 14th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC) (link)
your chemise dress looks lovely, I couldn't tell the front is too big.

And the pink and orange ... mmmm .... can't wait for the final product.
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: July 14th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC) (link)
Toile-ling along, huh? :)
I'm bad about not trying things on as I make them too. So far I haven't had anyone to see if my back opening will close decently on my Josephine dress. But today I'm getting the hem marked, then serging the hem with a rolled hem foot at a friend's house, so we'll see if it closes in the back properly. From there I just need to start sewing the trim on. Still messing with the veil and circlet.
suededsilk From: suededsilk Date: July 16th, 2007 04:33 am (UTC) (link)
Everything looks beautiful so far!
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