Jenny La Fleur
the next bit of fun - Jenny La Fleur
adventures in costuming
the next bit of fun
First thanks so much for all your support and kind words this week, both about my effigy stays *blushes*, my jacket and my decision not to wear it tomorrow. *hugs* So what is next on my costuming agenda? I have lots of yummy ideas running rampant in my costuming brain right now but the one I'm most excited to actually work on is...

My blue "Eyre" dress! I am *so* jazzed about this project. Before my order arrived, I was planning on tweaking my original Poe dress for Poe's Birthday in Jan. When I made the order I was hoping for a royal or electric blue, something kinda obnoxious, for a different project. However after some mental adjustment however I found I loved the moody midnight blue that I received. It immediately screamed Victorian to me and after staring at it for a couple more days it quite clearly said 'I need to be 1840s'.

So I started looking through my files and came across this 1837-1839 gown from the Tasha Tudor sale. It's a lovely transitional gown from the frilly cupcake 1830s to the more severe and streamlined 1840s and the perfect vehicle to show off my slightly moody shot fabric. It's one of those rare instances in historical garments where I love everything about it and don't want to change a thing. That never happens!

As I started researching I was pleased to discover that between Waugh, Arnold and Hunnisett I have pattern guides for all the various elements of this frock, except for the cross-over front which I would drape anyway. There is also a very similar frock in Bradfield's Costume in Detail that has been very helpful in plotting out the construction and figuring out details. CID's frock also shows a really lovely chemisette that I want to copy as well.

So all the pieces are slipping into place easily for this project... like it was meant to be. The only thing that is freaking me out a bit is the piping, having never done it before. I'm hoping it will be one of those things like corset making or gussets that seem overwhelming until you get the hang of it then it's no worries.

Before I can start working on this in earnest though I have to make a new Victorian corset. So I pulled out the Laughing Moon pattern that has been lanugishing my my stash last night and cut out a toile.

So far I'm really liking the pattern! Not only are the instructions fabulous but all the pieces for each garment in the pattern are on their own sheet. No chopping up multiple sheets to get all your pieces - impressive!

Before I can work on either of those projects I have a CW bonnet commission that is due soon. I started it before the women's retreat, actually having the buckram/wire base all finished the week before. I had a fitting with my client two days before the retreat and it wasn’t quite the shape she had in mind. So rather than trying to remake what I had (ripping out stitches in buckram is just not my idea of fun) I decided to start again from scratch. So I cut out everything and took the bonnet fixings with me to the retreat. Thanks to my responsibilities at the retreat and another commission I had to finish up while I was there, I only got the buckram base about half way done. Bummer.

I couldn't take the project with me to CA (due to the need for a sewing machine) so it has been on hold until today. I'm hoping I can knock out the main construction and be left with only trimming by the end of the day. Then maybe I can squeak some work out on *my* projects tonight without guilt.

After the CW bonnet is done I probably should work on a new Regency dress and finish up my 1804 stays for S's tea on the 14th but the Eyre dress is singing a very persuasive and sweet song right now...

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unclrashid From: unclrashid Date: October 24th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC) (link)
I think the extant dress you have picked to copy is perfect, and will look just stunning in your blue fabric. Can't wait to see it finished.
my_stitching From: my_stitching Date: October 24th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC) (link)
Oooh pretty!
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: October 24th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC) (link)
Can't wait to see what you do with it - I love that dress!
fancyfrocks From: fancyfrocks Date: October 24th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh my gosh, that will be beyond beautiful!

Funny, I ordered my fabric with something else in mind, too, and it said it needed to be 1840s as well. Are they putting free 1840s inspiration in the boxes? hehe
jenthompson From: jenthompson Date: October 24th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC) (link)
That dress is gorgeous!
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: October 24th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC) (link)
I love the smocking on those sleeves. I tried to do something like that on my 1830s but screwed it up. Maybe next time. But I too want to make one with a gorgeous changeable silk taffeta that is elegant and simple.
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: October 25th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC) (link)
Oh I think that blue gown sounds just lovely! The style you picked will perfectly showcase its shot quality. And you'll have another opportunity to wear at the next Poe's Birthday celebration!
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: October 25th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC) (link)
Oh that is going to be so gorgeous! I just love the dress you picked for inspiration. I was just musing on that cross-over style the other day.

And I love the name. ;P

Edited at 2009-10-25 03:59 am (UTC)
ghost_ofa_rose From: ghost_ofa_rose Date: October 25th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC) (link)
Gorgeous colour! I am really curiuos about this gown. I've never made anything from this era (but I might try nexxt year), so I just love to see what other peoples creations and be inspired by them.
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: October 26th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC) (link)
That is gorgeous fabric, and it's going to look splendid! Cannot wait to see what you come up with!!
sewingbird From: sewingbird Date: October 27th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC) (link)
beautiful! I knew I shouldn't have waited to order the blue, but I did get some of the teal. :) I have one thing to say about piping... piping foot! I actually use a pintuck foot but I have to say I enjoy piping now in some weird way because of that foot. No more piping fears!
spearfangus From: spearfangus Date: October 31st, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC) (link)
I can't wait to see pictures of your progress on this! That fabric looks like it will be incredible with that dress!
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