Jenny La Fleur
*raises hands in defeat* - for now anyway - Jenny La Fleur
adventures in costuming
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*raises hands in defeat* - for now anyway
My Redingote is continuing to not go well. At all.

I don't know what is wrong with me and it's horribly frustrating. I fix one thing and three more problems show up. It's like that monster in Greek mythogy... whatever the name is... For all my effort so far all I have is a completely unusable set of toiles. To continue I will need to start again from scratch.

So after a finial fitting where I didn't know if I wanted to cry or throw things, I had a long talk with Mom (who was kindly helping with the fitting) and Bridget (via phone) and have decided for the sake of mental health to shelve the project. I just can't deal with it at the moment.

I want to believe I have the ability to do this but apparently I need lots of time to figure it out. I knew this outfit was going to be out of my comfort zone but not this brutal. I can't do it in 3 weeks - is just too much going on with work, family, church and making B something too. The part of me that is stubborn wants to dig my heels in and keep trying but I know if I try I'll only be miserable, unhappy with the results and possibly in a straight jacket at the end of it.

*sigh*

So I spent most of my Easter day going through files & books trying to come up with something else to wear. It took a little time but I now have a slight glimmer of excitement about this stupid event once again. I've decided to make a perriot jacket and matching petticoat along the lines of this:
http://www.chateauwhite.com/jenny/fashion/1790-rev69-cp2.jpg

Not quite "riding attire" but it will pass for a traveling costume. I'm using a lovely avocado green and chocolate brown stripe I had ear-marked for a Spencer. My 18th century need is greater at the moment... pics to come...

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bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: March 24th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC) (link)
Oh I'm so sorry the redingote is being so difficult, that is so frustrating!

But I think you've found a wonderful solution, I just adore that jacket! :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 24th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks Loren! Yes, I've wanted to make it for a while. :>
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: March 24th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC) (link)
You know Maggie and are I are making it too, lol!

Edited at 2008-03-24 01:02 pm (UTC)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 26th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC) (link)
I always said my friends had good taste! :>
anielmom From: anielmom Date: March 24th, 2008 01:31 am (UTC) (link)
I'm sorry it is giving you so much grief. But I agree you came up with a great solution. That gown is sure to be beautiful!
Happy Easter.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 24th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks - a very happy Easter to you and yours!
gilded_garb From: gilded_garb Date: March 24th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC) (link)
I love that little jacket! I think you made a good choice - no costume is worth the kind of frustration the redingote was giving you.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 24th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC) (link)
Amen to that sister! Thanks - the jacket has been on The List (TM) for a while... :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: March 24th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC) (link)
*hugs* That really sucks, but I know the redingote will be much easier to deal with when you dont have a deadline looming over your head. The jacket is lovely, and I think it will look just smashing done up in that fabric (I pretty sure I saw it at your house, right?)
*hugs*
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 24th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC) (link)
Yes, sometimes deadlines are good and sometime they are the worst thing. I'm sure you did, the small green and brown stripe... now to trim it in brown or green?
butterballbunny From: butterballbunny Date: March 24th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC) (link)
Awww....*hugs* Nothing better than taking a break and returning afresh though.
!!
()~
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 26th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks! This was ones of those step away times. Someday I'll be able to work and have fun with it but not now. Like you say, when I'm fresh again. :>
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 24th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC) (link)
Sorry to hear it isn't going well! I was really excited to see this project, but I would much prefer your sanity to a pretty frock! Take a break and maybe you'll be able to come back to it after it gets a breather.
tayloropolis From: tayloropolis Date: March 24th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC) (link)
Oops! That was me! I guess I logged out at some point.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 26th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC) (link)
I was wondering... :>
Thanks. I really want to get back to it someday, although it probally won't be anytime soon. I'm thinking part of the problem may be that I have the wrong stays. I suspect that a proper pair of 1790s stays would solve some of my fitting problems. We'll see...
jazz_in_paris From: jazz_in_paris Date: March 24th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC) (link)
Taking a break always helps me when I'm stuck with something.
Good going with the jacket! :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 26th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Yes some projects just need a pause at some point. :>
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: March 24th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC) (link)
that's a good idea to take a break :)
the colours sound lovely, i hope you'll be posting a photo! will the petticoat be the same fabric as the jacket or different? muslin like the petticoat?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 26th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC) (link)
Yes photos to come... I'm just being lazy. It will be the same fabric, although a muslin one someday would be fun...
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: March 26th, 2008 09:38 am (UTC) (link)
hee hee, sorry for making more work for you :)
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