Jenny La Fleur
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big butts & long boning

You know I've gotten discouragingly little to show for my sewing time this weekend. *sigh* More on the aborted sacque project later but I did actually start on the long awaited 1875 outfit - don't faint!

It's only taken me a year to start this project in earnest! Sad I know but better late than never, right? I started work on this project last night with the tracing of the pattern onto tissue paper and the cutting of the fabric. I didn't change anything to the pattern except to lengthen it. The pattern was WAY short, particularly the overlay. Also the cotton I decided on from the stash was supper thin so I cut two layers for the top front and top back.

I did the marking and started on the sewing tonight. So far I've taken out almost as much as I've sewn. It would have gone much smoother if I'd actually read the directions correctly and not been talking on the phone to Bridget while I worked. Yeah.

My big snag of the evening is NOT my fault however. The pre-cut steel kit I bought from Truly Victorian gave me boning too long (by 1"-2") for the boning channels. Correct me if I'm wrong but does that not defeat the whole purpose of buying it pre-cut from the pattern maker? Yep, I thought so. *sigh*

So I have a few options: 1 - re-do the bias tape that I have so that I have an over lap onto the front piece. 2 - re-cut & mark a back piece that fits the boning lengths (the next size up?, a bigger bustle is okay, right?). 3 - pay too much for shipping, buy tips and cut boning down

It's too late to sort out issues so I'm leaving it until the morning. You know I just realized that all my lace is flat and has to be gathered... goody.


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jennil From: jennil Date: November 5th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC) (link)
I think I might have some tips at home, so definitely don't over-pay on shipping, because I have a little packet going out to you anyhow (long-overdue CC pics CD!) so I could just pop them in there if I do, if you go the route of cutting down the boning. . .
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 7th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC) (link)
Oooh packets of pics - yummy! If you have 8 to spare I'd love for you to throw them in. I will replace them next time I make a costuming supply order, although I don't know when that will be to be honest so if you'd rather not that is totally cool too.

I went ahead and made up a new panel to fit my pre-cut boning but I'd like to finish off the first one. The panel looks so darn nice, just too small. I've got some extra hoop wire around the house (just no tips) so I thought I'd whip it up as a simple bustle and sell it on e-bay or something. Waste not, want not, right?! :>
jennil From: jennil Date: November 7th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm pretty sure I have eight - but I'll double check tonight and let you know! :)
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