Jenny La Fleur
a hitch in the skirts - Jenny La Fleur
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a hitch in the skirts

I sat down last night to be a good girl and whip up a skirt for everyday wear and got sucked in the bustle dress instead. See - this is what happens and why I have no clothes! *rolls eyes*

I got the rest of the lace and the tassel fringe sewn on, then turned my attention to the back puff. I sewed in the vertical & horizontal ties, added pleats to the side and attached it to the skirt front. I then tried it on Narcissa and played with the length of the ties to get the affect/poof I wanted. By the way I didn't cut my back panel any too short after all. As it is all I have it a sweep, not a proper train now.

This morning I danced with RCHS for our local APVA so after I got back and while I had my shift on I tried on my bustle & skirt for the first time. I love the bustle, it's so light - I imagined it would feel heavier. I probably made the overlay a little long (without shoes it brushes the floor) but I like it so it's staying as is. I'm pleased with the skirt too. The black lace looks so good!

My only concern is that to fit my waist I have to get those back panels to fit into "10 (that’s 45” into 5”). So the cartridge pleating isn't working, in the pics the pleating is overlapped almost twice over. It gives a nice puff in back it's unworkable as far as a waistband goes.

I thought about taking a panel out (having one fabric width instead of two) but I think one width is not enough. While two is too much. So now I'm wondering if I should try and gather the waist or knife pleat or break down and take out a panel. Ponders... Okay bustle people, what do you think?

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joysdaughter From: joysdaughter Date: December 6th, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC) (link)
Take a huge dart at the waist, then cut away the excess - ;eaves you with all the width at the hem, but less to scrunch in at the waist. I had to do that with one of the Mary dresses - 3 widths of 60" velvet would NOT go into the waistband, no matter how I tried!
lordofhaladin From: lordofhaladin Date: December 6th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC) (link)
thats beautiful!
mala_14 From: mala_14 Date: December 6th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC) (link)
That is looking gorgeous. It's all so chock full of pretty, with the pretty underwear AND the pretty outerwear. :)
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: December 6th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh gorgeous! I love the black and cream. I would try another way of pleating because the back looks so pretty with the fullness.
demode From: demode Date: December 7th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC) (link)
You could also try double (ie layered) box pleats.
llyrafantasyfae From: llyrafantasyfae Date: December 7th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC) (link)
I can't help much with the waist band problem but I wanted to say how beautiful that is! The undies are gorgeous and the black and white skirt are to die for.
cracked_code From: cracked_code Date: December 7th, 2007 08:03 am (UTC) (link)
Ooooooh! Pretty!
green_martha From: green_martha Date: December 7th, 2007 08:04 am (UTC) (link)
Pretty ! I second Kendra's suggestion for the waistband.
suededsilk From: suededsilk Date: December 7th, 2007 08:36 am (UTC) (link)
Gorgeous! That bustle and corset *so* belong to be worn by themselves, too.
quincy134 From: quincy134 Date: December 7th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC) (link)
Very pretty!

I hope you don't mind, but I've friended you. I'm a friend of jennil, and she mentioned you to me. I've seen your website, and it is fabulous.
elegant_musings From: elegant_musings Date: December 7th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC) (link)
Just wanted to pop in and say it looks gorgeous so far!! I just love the elegant line of the bustle... so pretty! :)
madamemodiste From: madamemodiste Date: December 8th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC) (link)
Everything is looking so fabulous!!

I've made up the 216 twice, and I have just gathered the back panel and put two darts in the front (underneath before I attached the upper apron). Good luck!!
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