Jenny La Fleur
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a beginning

Why can I not sleep - very annoying! Well since I'm too tired to keep working but not tired enough to sleep I will post!

Yesterday (after church and then helping a friend pack for a move) sadievale came over for some sewing help. We *almost* got her waistcoat completely finished before she left. Would have too if my machine hadn’t been acting up and she had wanted pretty insides (it's been a while since I bag-lined a garment, that was interesting!). In between the sewing lessons, I hemmed the skirt of the Pearl dress by hand. Even doing a messy running stitch it took f-o-r-e-v-e-r. This is why I generally do hems by machine... :P

Today I worked on the Pearl some more... I'm so bad. First I must show off my new toy though! *strokes lovingly* A good friend just gave me this gorgeous lightbox - how cool is that?! Her mom is down-sizing and no longer needed it so she offered it to me. I owe her a seriously nice thank-you card now. Talk about perfect timing too, just as I was transferring the design on this project. I have the best friends ever, I really do!

So I spent a little while transferring the design, trying not to be too perfectionist about it. I only made two major re-draw mistakes. This ladies and gentlemen, is why I always use washable pencil! :>

Once the design was penciled on I just had to get started on the embellishment. So. Much. Fun. It's going to take forever but it's going to look awesome. I almost got one motif finished, not too bad for 4.5 hours of work.

I'm still trying to decide the most efficient way to do this so that slowed me up a bit. I'll be skipping the pre-string sequin idea and applying them all by hand instead. Honestly it's about the same amount of time and it looks tidier. After some experimenting I'm going to use my Tambour hoop for the heavy sequin work but do the pearls and scattered sequins without the aid of the hoop. It's looking like less hassle that way.

It's hard to tell from one (almost finished) motif but I think I may add more sequins (compared to my original test piece). In low lighting the pearls are almost invisible, making part of my design well, invisible. And really can one have too much sparkle on a ball gown... I think not!

PS - I don't really want to continue the step-by-step diary now that I'm in the embroidery stage so back to the plain old dress diary format. The step-by-step will be back when I turn my attention once again to the sleeves...


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sarahlizzi From: sarahlizzi Date: April 1st, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC) (link)
wow - this gown is going to be *incredible* when you're through with it!

beautiful work!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 1st, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I'm really excited about this one. I can't wait to see it all finished and sparkling!
christylee From: christylee Date: April 1st, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC) (link)
lightbox = handy!!! ~covets~
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 1st, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC) (link)
Umm... I've wanted one this size for years. It's very handy indeed - yay!
suededsilk From: suededsilk Date: April 1st, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC) (link)
Pretty! It's going to look great!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 11th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC) (link)
anielmom From: anielmom Date: April 1st, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC) (link)
It's looking sooo beautiful. I'm really excited to see it finished!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 11th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks - me too! :P
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: April 1st, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC) (link)
Absolutely lovely! I cant wait to see it in person. I agree. One can never have too much sparkle.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 11th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Yes, I knew you would see it my way. :>
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