Jenny La Fleur
the awesomeness of us - Jenny La Fleur
adventures in costuming
the awesomeness of us

I'm feeling better, yay! It turned out to be annoying 48 hour thing. I did get 3 motifs done in 4 days though, so that was good. This pic does not do my frock justice...

I had to skip the motif in the very center of the train as I found I had messed up the tracing some how. The flower was off and since it's the center back I'm being anal about it. I think it will work out though as I think moving the center flower a little higher (in addition to correcting my mistake) will actually look better. I think the hardest part of this outfit was tracing on the design, it really was (and continues to be) fiddly.

Last night I sadievale and I got together to work on her English gown. She had sewn down all her back pleats beautifully so it was supposed to be an easy night of cutting and sewing seams. Um NOT!

Somehow how we ended up way short on the fabric. Unfortunately it was bought in Northern Virginia 6 months ago so going and getting more wasn’t an option. We moved the pattern pieces around, we fussed and fumed, we drank tea, we talked out every conceivable way to piece, trim, shorten and fudge. It took us a while but in the end we did get it all to fit, thanks to some piecing on the sleeve. Thank goodness piecing is period!

I have never been so close on a garment. Even with the piecing we were literally sacrificing notches because we needed that 3/16" of fabric. Good grief. We took a pic of what was left. That is literally all the scraps, amazing. We actually did it though, we are SO made of awesome! :>


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chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: July 3rd, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm glad to hear you're feeling better, and able to work on your dress again. All the detail you put in your gowns is amazing.
We all seem to be working really hard, don't you think?
madamemodiste From: madamemodiste Date: July 4th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC) (link)
What a team!! I'm so glad she had you to talk it out with!

Though your original motif didn't work out, I'm thrilled that the new one is even better! I love it when stuff like that happens :D

I think if I actually had someone to sew with, I'd do stuff like that. Instead, I think I waste a lot of fabric because I'm too lazy to lay it out carefully. The only time I pieced was when I made the 18th C. sacque back gown. (oh, and on my current project when I forgot to properly measure the length for the side gusset pieces and they ended up being 4 inches too short!!).
suededsilk From: suededsilk Date: July 4th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC) (link)
Sick is no fun. Glad you're better. :)

The beading looks beautiful so far. Can't wait to see a closeup!

Isn't it *such* a satisfying feeling to squeeze something out of a small amount of fabric? And entirely period. :)
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: July 4th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC) (link)
You guys are awesome! Im so glad you all were able to make it work. The fabric looks really pretty.

And OOO! AAHHH! Your pearl looks stunning! I cant wait to see it in person in a week! Eep!
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