Jenny La Fleur
the circus petticoat - Jenny La Fleur
adventures in costuming
the circus petticoat

First off I have to say I love you guys! *hugs* So I-Want-Candy froofy it is for the Pimpernel! But more on that later...

Yesterday I focused on the under petticoat for the Queen of the Night. I figured A) that I should make my mistakes on the under petticoat and B) since no one would see it I should have fun with the color. So I went with a blinding yellow that is a close match to my stay binding. Circus anyone? :>

My first step was to pad out my dress form a bit and pin on a piece of black bias tape that was my finished waist measurement. I perfected the size and such of the side pleats first, adding a slit in the side so I can get into my pockets.

Once I got that down I pleated the front half of the finial skirt, pinning the seaming of the side panels. (To get them to not pucker I had to shimmy one side of the side pleated section up a bit, it wasn’t even at the waist!).

To get the front to fall nicely I then had to shimmy the front up and mark where the bias tape "waist" was. I then took it off the dress form; making sure to leave a 1/4th section of the waist with pleats pinned and trimmed the waist according to my markings. I repeated the trimming of my panels of fabric, using my trimmed off scraps as a guide.

I then seamed all the pieces together, cut slits in the sides and hemmed those up. Then I started pleating the waist, using the pinned section as my guide. Once the waist was pleated to the correct size I popped it back on the dress form just to make sure everything still worked. It did! I basted the waist and set it aside until I can go by more fabric for the waistband.

I decided not to continue on with the black over petticoat, since it was evening and I wasn’t in the mood to work on black in the dark, so I turned my attention to the pimpernel bodice. I got as far as laying out my master patterns and realizing that I had enough fabric to re-cut the entire bodice (sans sleeves, I’ll have to make due with the old). Then I started looking at options, got overwhelmed and posted my cry for help.

This am, boosted by the overwhelming response that I should go I-Want-Candy froofy I started work on the updated Pimpernel patterns. I was changing enough that I decided to do a quick toile. I have NO room for error with my fabric; this is it for my pile of leftover scraps, so it has to be right the first time. I also need to double check the armhole since I have to use the old sleeves. Unless I started piecing fabric that is...

Now I'm off to run some errands including a trip to Jo-Anns for notions and necessities. It will only be the 3rd trip this week. Bah!

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anielmom From: anielmom Date: April 16th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC) (link)
I love that you've chosen such an off the wall color for this! It adds a bit of whimsy to what would otherwise be a nice, but boring petti.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 18th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC) (link)
I'm a firm believer than underpinnings should be fun... i don't do much Victorian as you can probally tell! :>
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: April 16th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC) (link)
awesome! i <3 you :D
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 18th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I love you too! :>
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: April 16th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC) (link)
Yellow! Love :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 18th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC) (link)
Yellow! :>
spearfangus From: spearfangus Date: April 17th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh how vibrant and beautiful! That shade of yellow is stunning! Your under petticoat is beautiful.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 18th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC) (link)
Thank you. Blinding yellow makes me happy. :>
sadievale From: sadievale Date: April 17th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC) (link)
Aaaahh, what fun! I can't wait to see it tonight ;)...Philadelphia rolls are the best, haha!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 18th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC) (link)
Oh yeah!
jennil From: jennil Date: April 17th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC) (link)
Ahh! Love it! It is so the perfect 18c yellow, too! :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 18th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC) (link)
Is that yellow? *hee hee* thanks!
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: April 23rd, 2009 03:02 am (UTC) (link)
Its so bright and fabulous!
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