Jenny La Fleur
skirts, trains & pannier - Jenny La Fleur
adventures in costuming
skirts, trains & pannier

The right side is the first try (pleats lower), the left side is second attempt (pleats higher, then close ups of the first try - I think I actually like the first attempt better, it's less poufy.

The second attempt. I didn't end up messing with pleats in the top seam. I thought I'd work on one issue at a time.

Then I brought out the stretch velvet I'd earmarked for the train. I tried it the way I'd originally planned to us it (no pics but basically around the waist with the pleating in the center back and hanging straight back like this). Not very cute in the stretch velvet.

Then I draped the train over the sides of the pannier, changing the pleating a little so it looked nice (like this& this). I like it! I think it shows off the fabric much better. Also it saves me the hassle/expense of a lining for the train, plus it covers up much of the sides and the issues I'm having there.

So I'm going to skip another toile, and make the skirt like the first attempt. I don't feel like messing about the other ideas I have (like changing the way I cut the dip in the front or adding pleats to the sides of the pannier top seam). Poufing slightly or not, I am content. I'll save my anal perfectionism for the court dress with English pannier. :>


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monsieurandre From: monsieurandre Date: August 25th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC) (link)
I think it's gonna look amazalicious.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 26th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks - I hope so!
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: August 25th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC) (link)
It's looking gorgeous :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 26th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much!
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: August 26th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC) (link)
It's looking wonderful so far. You're going to be an amazing queen of the night. ;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 26th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I'm really pleased with how quickly this is going. Yay for fun projects! :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: August 26th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC) (link)
Oh that is yummy! I want to work on the francaise now.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 26th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm such a good influence! :>
suededsilk From: suededsilk Date: August 26th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC) (link)
Beautiful! I love how it all drapes.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 26th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC) (link)
I love it too, that is just what the fabric naturally does. I've discovered letting fabric do what it wants too makes for a much easier life! :>
isiswardrobe From: isiswardrobe Date: August 26th, 2008 10:19 am (UTC) (link)
This is very interetsing to follow- I look forward to more. :-)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 26th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC) (link)
Good, I'm glad you are enjoying it! Oh and thanks so much for posting the pics of Queen Sophia Magdalena's gown a couple of months ago. They have been SO helpful with this project!
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