Jenny La Fleur
the plan... for now - Jenny La Fleur
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the plan... for now
Before I post proper diary progress for my Charles II dress, I thought I would post pics of my vision for it. This is one of those interesting projects where the designing and creating process has been a very organic. I've a solid ideas for what I'm going to do with certain parts and no clue for other parts and all of it is changing as I go along. It's a fun way to costume but it wreaks havoc on the old dress diary format. Oh well.

So the fabrics. For the dress. I'm using an orange poly faille. You may recognize it from my Fire dress. I have a limited amount of fabric left but it should work. I just won't have a decadently full skirt. The lace came from an Edwardian skirt that was otherwise disintegrating and the metallic lace from Tinsel Trading in NYC. I'll use one of the gold tone silk ribbons, not sure which yet, for hair and jewelry. Not pictured is the cream china silk for the faux shift sleeves.

My silly little sketch, freshly made last night. I'm not 100% sure what I'm doing with the sleeves (I won't know until I start toiling I think) but it gives a rough idea of what I'm going for. For the bodice I'm relying heavy on the pics of the 1660s bodice in Bath plus the patterns in Hunnisett, Waugh and Arnold. My pattern is turning out to be quite the mis-mosh of sources, pattern shapes and ideas but it's mine and I like it. :>

I’m still debating the separate stays or boned bodice question. Either one is going to be a pain I think. Either way I’m going to bone it with Silly Sister reed (seems like a good project for experimenting!). The 17th century shift will be faux, but I am going to make up an off the shoulder mid-victorian – I need it for my Poe dress anyway.

Next up the nitty gritty diary...


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myladyswardrobe From: myladyswardrobe Date: June 3rd, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC) (link)
Doesnt matter that your pattern is a mix of various patterns. It would have been then too. The few we have are all slightly different in construction.

Nice colours. Wish you were coming to CoCo.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 5th, 2009 10:59 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I wish I were going to be at CoCo too - I would have loved to meet you in person! Someday, right?

True. It just amuses me as that wasen't what I planned to do. :>
spearfangus From: spearfangus Date: June 4th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC) (link)
I like that you are doing a mis-mosh of ideas. I can't wait to see the finished product!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 5th, 2009 10:59 am (UTC) (link)
I'm looking forward to the finished product too!! :P
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