Jenny La Fleur
the pain of new - Jenny La Fleur
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the pain of new
This Charles Dress is turning out to be a very laborious process. I seem to spend more of my sewing time in front of the computer going through my costume files and trolling the internet for answers to my design/fitting questions. It seems counter-productive but it's not; I am figuring it out slowly but surely.

I realized the other day that this project is so hard in part because this is a totally new era/style for me. It's been so long since I ventured into completely uncharted territory like this, having been happily playing in the 18th century/Regency sandbox for a while now, that I've forgotten what it's like to start from stratch! So I've been going back to some of my "milestone" dress diaries, like my first 18th century gown, my Rohan dress and yep it was the same then. Lots of research, lots of toiles. Very long entries.

*sigh* I'm sure it will make me a better costumer in the long run but dude - I miss my already beautifully fitted and tweaked master patterns! *pouts*

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From: hohenstein Date: June 5th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC) (link)

Since I'm re-starting sewing after a hiatus, it feels like I'm doing everything for the first time, as I'm both doing different periods & working with a changed figure. I will be so happy when I have a set of muslins for my favorite eras that fit! (smile).

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jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 6th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC) (link)

Re: It's Chie!

Hey Chie - it's great to hear from you! I just friended you on Facebook!
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: June 6th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC) (link)
But just remember, it will be worth it in the long run!
love3angle From: love3angle Date: June 7th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC) (link)
I think may of us are wading into this for the first time, and the shapes are very different than what I'm used to. Ah well...
elegant_musings From: elegant_musings Date: June 8th, 2009 11:28 am (UTC) (link)
This brings back so many memories of the "costuming learning curve". hehe! It'll be totally worth it though. Even if you end up never returning to this era in your costuming, at least you'll have learned some new things! :)
From: Date: June 9th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC) (link)
Hi Jenny! I've been bumping into Chas dress diaries everywhere and can't wait to see how everyone's gowns come out! That tinsel dress has always inspired me as well, but I am not nearly as brave as you ladies!
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