Jenny La Fleur
decent progress for the sicky - Jenny La Fleur
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decent progress for the sicky

Thanks again for all your help and encouragement on the bustle dress. And so I march on!

I didn't get too much done today as I was trying to take it easy (want to shake this illness thank you!). At first I was very taken with the idea of a separate underskirt with the thought I could use it for a later costume too. There were good reasons to do all one piece though. The factor that decided me on one piece was that I don't have enough of the black lace & trim (for the front) to go all the way around anyway, so why bother. Also having less to pack and iron at CC is only a good thing. :P

I tackled the back first, which I'm forging ahead on without getting another pattern. Based on the descriptions on the TV website, the patterns I have, Hunnisett and Arnold I think I can do it myself. I decided to make the back two widths wide and 65" long. It's probably way too long but better long than short, yes?

I seamed the panels then cut the sides at an angle. My fabric is a lovely winter-white faille that came from misslemmon (thanks again - you are too wonderful!). It had been sitting on a shelf for a while with one end discolored from the sun. Oxiclean got most of it out but it's still discolored on one salvage. I was seeing angles in Arnold so I went with that. Now I'm wondering if I should have angled it more (giving less volume at the top) but I want to get it on Narcissa and play first. I can always trim it down later.

I then turned my attention to the netting (recommended to reinforce the puffs). I eyeballed how long and wide I thought it should be, seamed it down the center and pinned it to skirt. I trimmed off the access and basted it on the top and sides. I started tracing out the front skirt pieces (from TV201) but I'm ready for bed so I'll finish that in the morning.

So decent progress, if even if it doesn't look like much. All the hassle with the netting was worth it, I already love the weight and drape of that section. I’m wondering if I should do the whole panel now instead of just the top third. I'm also wondering if I should flat line the whole thing. The fabric is surprisingly sheer and it might drape better too... Or maybe that is overkill.


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sbuchler From: sbuchler Date: November 21st, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC) (link)
I tried flat lining TV208 and it did funky things to how the skirt hung (for no reason that I could find! very frustrating!). The only way I could fix it was to remove the lining, which did fine - the front waist stopped bunching up with weird folds. 'Course, my outer fabric was heavy bridal satin, so not the same thing at all...

I have a number of vintage garments from around this era, and most of the skirts are lined, but not all of them.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 21st, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I think I'll try it without first... I can always undo the seams if I decide it needs it.
suededsilk From: suededsilk Date: November 21st, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC) (link)
Everything is looking wonderful so far. I'm impressed by what you accomplish when you're sick! :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 21st, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC) (link)
Me too! Maybe I should be sick more often...
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: November 21st, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC) (link)
I think this dress is going to turn out so lovely!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 21st, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC) (link)
I hope so! *crossing fingers*
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