Jenny La Fleur
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First off pics of the DDD Poe toile. The pic doesn't even show how big it was - so sad!

Once I got Narcissa all padded out and as close to my shape as she gets, I took the front of the first toile and the rest of the back toile and started draping it on her. I had to slash at the waist area a lot as well as mess with the bust seams. It also seemed way too long, so I shortened it to where I thought my waist was.

After transferring my changes unto new pieces I sewed them together for toile #4. SO. Much. Better. That's all I have to say.

Still a bit more toiling to go though. No shortcuts on this project! Over all I need ease and some reshaping of the neckline so the sleeves sit right. (1840s should sit right on the shoulder, correct?) I got a little zealous on the front waistline so that needs to come down a bit, although the back looks pretty good to me. I don't know why I shaped the back to a point in back, once I tried it on I remembered I wanted it round in the back. Oh well, easy to snip!

I'm obviously going to need a chemisette to fill in the neckline for this event although I rather like the look of the faux neckerchief in Hunnisett. I wonder if really it's period though. Or if I really care at this point. :> The amount of research I've put into this project is really scandalous - why start now? :>


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jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 7th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Oh I checked out your website and I love your late 1830s gown. Your comments about the interlining were very helpful as that is what I was thinking about doing too. Thanks so much for commenting - it was perfect timing!
sewingbird From: sewingbird Date: January 7th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC) (link)
that's looking great! your shoulder should be fine, yeah :) I've seen ones from right off the shoulder to ones where the sleeve seam is horizontal to the ground
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 7th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh good - thanks so much!
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: January 7th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC) (link)
Its looking really quite lovely! I said it before but I just love the front curve!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 7th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I wanted to keep everything simple and not fussy so the seaming and front curve are my only design elements. I'm so pleased it's come out nicely!
quincy134 From: quincy134 Date: January 7th, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC) (link)
This is looking great! The curve to the front point is especially nice.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 7th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! That is one of the things I love about 1840s dresses. Very elegant I think.
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