Jenny La Fleur
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pocket pics & Faire sleeves

Yummy pocket pics! It’s all blocked, pressed and ready to be made up into a real pocket. When will that actually happen? Who knows! :>

Overall I’m very happy with the embroidery. I certainly had a blast doing it. I’m not 100% happy with the center carnation but I was ultimately limited by my design and having only one shade of yellow. I did my best and it looks good, if I do say so myself. My favorite bit would be the red roses but the little fill-stitched mount and the baby bee are close seconds. I’m now scheming what to do with my left over thread. :> A second pocket would be fun but I’m leaning toward a throw pillow or framed picture. Something I can look at on a daily basis, instead of pack away in the costuming bins.

I also have sleeves for my Faire Garb. Finally got those sewn up yesterday. I just need to do something to attach them to the gown bodice. I think I’m going to just do some hand-bound eyelet holes, as the sleeves are supposed to be reversible. I’ll have to do lacing rings on the shoulder strap, though, to avoid interfering with the ribbon trim. I know the sleeves don’t look like much on Narcissa. Unfortunately I can’t really try them on until I can lace the bodice up, which I can't do until I make eyelets, which don’t want to do until I attach the skirt, which must be pleated first… oy.

To-do list for the Faire Garb:
pleat & attach skirt
apply trim to skirt
hem skirt
mark & sew eyelets on bodice side
mark & attach lacing rings to shoulder straps (don’t want to do eyelets because of the ribbon)
mark & sew eyelets on sleeves
buy/find ribbon to lace sleeves & bodice sides
cut and apply binding to corded bodice

fix feather fan/ make new one
make new camica?
make partlet?
make headdress?
experiment with hair
trim straw hat?

Umm…. Looks like I still have a bit to do. Mostly handwork… yummy! I’ll have to wait for a finial decision on the camica question until I can actually try on the gown and sleeves. I suspect the camica sleeves will be too big for this, more middle class garb. A new camica would be nice, this one is still a little on the small side (see my 2002 Ren dress diary). I just don’t have any appropriate fabric and don’t want to buy more if I don’t have to. More spending money at the faire you know. *wink*

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ktlovely From: ktlovely Date: August 5th, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC) (link)
Wow, it all looks fabulous! I love your work. :D
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 6th, 2004 05:25 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks much, you made my day!
anomilygrace From: anomilygrace Date: August 5th, 2004 07:45 pm (UTC) (link)
That is lovely! I think ou really got the feel of 18c crewel embroidery. I love's going to be hard wearing those inside your petticoats!

jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 6th, 2004 05:24 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you very much. *beams* I'm so glad you think so.

Yeah, people have asked me why go to all the trouble for something no one will see. My reply is, but I get to show it all my costuming buddies and anyone else who stumbles upon my web site! So lots of people get to see it. :>
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: August 6th, 2004 12:23 am (UTC) (link)
The pocket is lovely! Congratulations!

Now practice using it so it shows a little when you reach into your pocket slits :)

jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 6th, 2004 05:19 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks, glad you like it.

hahahahaha! Good idea! :>

mala_14 From: mala_14 Date: August 7th, 2004 12:16 am (UTC) (link)
I think the pocket looks beautiful and amazing. I'm incredibly jealous now. :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 7th, 2004 06:39 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you very much.

I'd wait to be jealous until it's actually sewn up though. *wicked grin*

jennil From: jennil Date: August 11th, 2004 06:35 am (UTC) (link)
Oh my goodness, it's beautiful! I want one! :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 11th, 2004 08:01 am (UTC) (link)

Thanks for the encouragment! :>
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