Jenny La Fleur
back to humanity - Jenny La Fleur
adventures in costuming
back to humanity
I feeling much better - yay! Not 100% but definitely human again, which after the beginning of this week is saying something. I actually got some sleep last night, some office work done today, remembered all the things I should have done on Monday & Tuesday *grinds teeth*, attempted to catch up on my backlog of e-mail and researched Poe accessories a bit. I'm quite proud of myself.

My reward for the day's accomplishments and this miserable week is to take tea with friends tomorrow (in costume no less!). I suspect I will strain my voice and it will wipe me out for the rest of the weekend but I'm doing it anyway. I feel like if I waited until I felt "well" I wouldn't see anyone ever again. Besides I have GOT to get out of this house or go mad!

My Poe Research consisted of trying to figure out what to do with the neckline of my dress. I like it as is but it's a little low for a Victorian day dress so I was thinking a chemisette or neckerchief or something. Although in looking through fashion plates at the University of Washington and the NY Public Library I noticed that earlier in the 40s a lower neckline during the day seemed acceptable. At least I assume so, they are wearing bonnets... perhaps it's just wishful thinking...


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girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: January 12th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC) (link)
Glad you are feeling better and I definitely think you deserve a reward of tea! :)
Based on what I've seen I think your neckline should be fine (of course Im no expert). Especially, if you have a shawl or something warm.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 12th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Yes I have a few shawls to choose from and Mom's short wool cape to barrow... I should be okay.
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: January 12th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC) (link)
They did like to see a bit o' shoulder, even during the day so you're probably fine.

But if you want something in the neckline you could do a little tucker of lace (a la Hunnisett) just inside the neck edge, that's easy and fast...and what I ended up doing ;-)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 12th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC) (link)
Yeah, I was thinking a tucker might make it look a bit more finished... Thanks!
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: January 12th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks for posting that pic btw, I hadn't seen that resource before and found something I really love and may have to make given my love of stripes. The one on the far right of course:
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 12th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC) (link)
You are welcome. :> Very pretty indeed! I wanted to do something like that on my dress (to take advantage of the stripes) but I don't think I'll have enough fabric. We'll see. :>
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