Jenny La Fleur
not enough hours in the day... - Jenny La Fleur
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not enough hours in the day...

I know I've said it before but I will say it again - there is just not enough time to sew everything I have on my list. Lately there hasn’t been enough time in the day to get everything done. It must me December... :P

Our second night at Stratford went well and once again I had a lovely time. I decided to be different and wear the Pimpernel. I paired it with my turquoise necklace and matching bows at the neck and sleeves (pinched from the pet en l'air).

I really don't know what to do with this dress. I love to wear it but I hate the way it looks in pics. It needs some major work, particularly the fit and the sleeves, before I'll be pleased with it. I think I'm just going to throw the original design from the Scarlet Pimpernel musical to the wind and remake the dress as a mid 1780s dancing dress. For Stratford I unpicked the sleeves almost halfway, rolled them underneath and basted in place (sewing through 8 layers of taffeta was FUN - not!). I think I'll just cut them off and if I have enough extra fabric do a ruched elbow trim. The fit of the bodice also needs work, particularly the back. I'm thinking about taking off the "zone" front flaps too... I think they make the bodice look poorly fitted and you don't really notice anyway.

It's needs some trim of course, although I think I'll keep that to a minimum. I don't have much extra fabric so maybe some organdy or lace trim. There are some pretty lace trimmed gowns in the Met. Oh or black velvet ribbon... umm...

Maybe I'll make this my Christmas week project. Then again I have the bustle bodice, the mini tricorn, the 1840s Poe dress, the Pearl Dress and the secret frock to work on already...

See - too many projects not enough time!

PS - My hair came out well again - yay! I think next time I wear this I need more height and some powder though. No point in being conservative with a screaming fuchsia pink dress, ya know?

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girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: December 11th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC) (link)
I really think the Pimpernel dress is just lovely and you look great in it! But then again we always criticize our own work. I like how you jazzed it up with the turquoise ribbons. I think it would be worth it to try and fix what bothers you because its just so pretty. :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: December 12th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC) (link)
I know, I'm a brat about this dress. Everyone likes it but me! :P I love to wear it though... something about yards of rustley pink is just fun to wear. :>
From: misslemmon Date: December 11th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC) (link)
I just think you should put lots of lace trim on the dress. It's sooo pretty. But lace would make it look very "rich".

So what are you doing to make for your Poe outing. I should go as I always teach the Raven and since I lived near Poe Park in the Bronx as a child, and my mom would take me there all the time then shed read me his stories, in addition a large portrait of him and the Raven hug in our dining room. And I do after all have the Tasha Tudor Catalog for reference. So, what dress are you making? :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: December 12th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC) (link)
Umm... yeah I'm like the lace idea myself...

You should totally join us for Poe! I have no idea what I'm making! I have some pretty dark grey striped fabric of unknown content set aside for the purpose though. I know I want something simple and late 1840s or early 1850s. I didn't get the Tasha Tudor Catalog but I did save off all the auction pics so I have some ideas. I need to sit down and sketch it out properly though... once I get through this next weekend I'll have some time to myself for schemeing again. *sigh*
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