Jenny La Fleur
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trimming the pimpernel revamp

I have changed my mind about the trimming of my Pimpernel revamp. You know it's only the 12,000 time!

I was going to do something like the above but the more I worked on it the less I liked it. The proportions of my skirt were just not right or something. I don't know, I just wasn’t digging it.

So after leafing through my fashion plate computer files I came across this fashion plate. It still uses the silk gauze (which I have to use, not having any leftover fabric for self trim) but in a more simple way. (After I decided on this I noticed it was similar to the trimming on vivcore's lovely lastest creation - was I perhaps subconsciously inspired?!)

I also liked the way the polonaised skirt was rounded off. I've always liked the style but was chicken to try it. I think this is the perfect project for it though, since the front skirt panels ended up a little short anyway and I plan to keep this skirt polonaised forever. I took my lead in the shaping of the rounded corners from tayloropolis's amazing red silk gown. I'm so glad you still had those pics up tayloropolis (and use tags so I could find them!), very helpful indeed. :>

I'm still trying to decide exactly how this is going to work. I tried one version last night but I'm going to do some more experimenting before I decide what to do. I wish I had a trim with pink in it to blend better but I don't. Moo. Maybe I'll add pink sequins or something...

I have no idea about the trim on the bodice, probably similar but smaller. I do like the idea of bows down the front of the "zone", inspired by an extra in the film The Duchess.

So all that to say, different trimming scheme but it's still froofy so it's okay. :>


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quincy134 From: quincy134 Date: March 17th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC) (link)
I like your ideas! Having seen Taylor's gown in person, I can attest to it's inspiring powers (although she's cutting it up for a new jacket now).
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 18th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC) (link)
Glad to know I'm not the only one! I know - I can't wait to see the new incarnation of the dress! :>
tailordrews From: tailordrews Date: March 17th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC) (link)
Hi Jenny,
I have it like you, it is so difficult to choose, especially because there are so manny variations to choose from and you want it to be perfect. I have it like that two.
But i think your trimming is very pretty, i am sure its going to be wonderfull.

jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 18th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC) (link)
I know - it's so hard! It's one of the things I love about the late 18th century though, the richness of variation. Thanks!
vanityfairy From: vanityfairy Date: March 17th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC) (link)
I really like the rounded hemline! Froof-o-rama!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 18th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I'm excited about it - froof-froof!
butterballbunny From: butterballbunny Date: March 17th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC) (link)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 18th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks - I think so too!
tayloropolis From: tayloropolis Date: March 17th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC) (link)
Woo hoo! Rounded polonaise skirts are where it's at!

And I say a hearty YES to pink sequins!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 18th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC) (link)
I knew you would approve. :P Yay - one vote for sequins!
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: March 17th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC) (link)
i like it :) i think this is going to be a very lovely reincarnation (sp?) and of course you need pink sequins!! the world would be a much better place if only there were more pink sequins in it!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 18th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I heartliy agree about the pink sequins - it's true! :P
sarahlizzi From: sarahlizzi Date: March 17th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC) (link)
I've trimmed a lot of gowns with silk gauze - it's so pretty (even if a pain to work with) and I think it will look fabulous pink sequins. can't wait to see it!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 18th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC) (link)
This is my first time using silk gauze. I've used organdy before though and love the delicate look of that type of trimming. So far the gauze hasn’t been too bad. I've figured out how to rip it, which makes life much easier. I'm just afraid to use the machine on it so lots of hand sewing in my future!
sewaddicted From: sewaddicted Date: March 17th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC) (link)
I love the top fashion plate. Not only is the gown gorgeous but even the dog is hanging his head in shame as with that dress who's going to notice him!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 18th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! The little doggie is awfully cute!
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: March 18th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC) (link)
Who are we if we dont change our minds eleventymillion times?

The new trimming ideas are looking fabulous. And I vote yes for sequins! (But you knew I would say that didnt you?)

Edited at 2009-03-18 02:10 am (UTC)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 18th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC) (link)
Yes, you are pretty predictable when it comes to sequins. I can't let you have all the fun though! :P
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