Jenny La Fleur
crossing over - Jenny La Fleur
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crossing over

I've beeing doing lots of thinking today about my CC wardrobe and I think I have a plan...

Friday: striped pierrot
Friday night: pink pimpernel
Saturday: regency day dress
Saturday night: Pearl
Sunday underwear: kimono?
Sunday: chemise gown

To do:
Pearl: embelishment, sleeves
Regency Day Dress: everything
Pink Pimpernel: refit/revamp, trim

So first on the sewing list is my Regency day dress. I actually started toileing it last summer. It was the basis of a "secret" project that I didn't get too far with. (It's now been pushed to my 2009, maybe for Costume Con.) When I starting thinking about what I wanted to do for a Regency day dress I remembered this practically finished bodice toile languishing in my files. Simple, fun and a good trial of the style for my "secret" project - what could be better?!

A cross-over gown. I was originally going to use a gown in Nineteenth Century Fashion in Detail as my guide, using the Waugh pattern as a base but then looking at a S&S newsletter I noticed, for the first time, that one of the gowns in Jennie's latest Regency pattern is quite similar to the Waugh pattern. So I decided to order the pattern and use it as my starting point.

So the saga began! I've unlocked the posts from the time so you can follow the modifications and tweaks that then ensued. You'll find them here:

Since it's been almost a year since I touched the project, and I didn't particularly take good notes at the time, I'm going to sew the toile back together to make sure everything looks good. Hopefully it won't need too much work. *crosses fingers*

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girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: June 29th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC) (link)
So what fabric are you going to use? :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 30th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC) (link)
Oh yes, that might be nice to know huh? I'm using some bright celery green cotton I found in the at Jo-Anns bargain fabric bin. It's a very light weight cotton so it should work well for the Regency. It's the kind of funky color that most people can't wear but that makes my hair look red. I’ll take pics this week to show you…

Funny thing is that I bought it on a whim (who can pass up $2 yard funky green cotton?) and when I got it home I discovered it perfectly matched the vintage beads I'd bought (also on a whim) when I was in San Diego for Maegan's wedding. Golly I know what I like!

I'd like to trim it in red, but we'll see if I have time. Eventually I'm thinking I need a red Spencer and matching hat too... :P
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: June 30th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC) (link)
Ooo! I bet that is a really pretty color on you! I really like the idea of pairing it with the red. :)
From: laurenmonkey Date: June 30th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC) (link)
That's going to be pretty! I had that one mocked up a few years ago but used a bad fabric, so I want to make another. I'm anxious to see how yours comes out :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 30th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I'm looking forward to it too. Did you use the S&S pattern or do you mean you tried the style of bodice?
From: laurenmonkey Date: June 30th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC) (link)
I scaled it from the book, but it was terribly small, so next time I'll have to do some fiddling.
madamemodiste From: madamemodiste Date: June 30th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC) (link)
Fun thread! I love Regency and look forward to more of this project! I really like the new S&S pattern you posted.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 2nd, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I've had to fudge the pattern to get it to do what I want but I really like it. The only thing I've been truly unhappy with have been the sleeves, but sleeve hate my arms as a rule anyway. :> It's the same pattern I used as a base for my Pearl Dress as well. It's really quite versatile.
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