Jenny La Fleur
moving on... - Jenny La Fleur
adventures in costuming
moving on...
Thanks to all for your support over the regency dress debacle. You are the best! *hugs*

On Monday, after my rant and subsequent meltdown, I had a bit of a brain wave. Last Feb I started a Lizzie inspired sort of fan-front dress. I did a few toiles but couldn't get it to work the way I wanted so I abandoned the project and moved on to other things. Monday's brain wave was to figure out not only a better base pattern to start from but also how to better achieve the sort of slight fan front gathers I wanted.

So I pulled out my bodiced petticoat, made from the lining pattern from the S&S Elegant Lady pattern. I laced up in my newly completed stays and tried it on, noting the changes that would need to be made to create my Lizzie dress.

I love my petticoat but because of the neckline I can only wear it with one of my Regency frocks. That's not cool! It's been my intention since CosCol last year to trim down the neckline and straps so I can use it with my entire Regency wardrobe. Thanks to the tweaks I made in my stays it really doesn't fit anymore however (those new gussets make my bust a bit fuller) so I decided to just take the bodice off and instead add straps (like on koshka_the_cat's petticoat).

I traced a pattern off the old bodice, cut up a toile and tried it on. Pretty good. My ideas for the shaping of the fan front worked much better than the ones earlier this year. A couple of tweaks, a new master pattern tracing and I had a new day dress to work with. The pics above show the original bodice and the finial master pattern I came up with on top of it so you can see the difference.

I decided that rather than cutting a new bodice for the disaster pink dress I would start completely from scratch - a new fabric for a new dress. I chose to use a fabulous printed linen that I found in the LA garment district a couple of years ago. I've been hoarding it but now was time to use it. I will work on the pink dress when I have time to fiddle with it (and the matching Spencer) and make the outfit I REALLY want it to be.

My week has been insane so I didn't have a chance to work on my frock until yesterday. S came over and we sewed for most of the day. My dress was moving along swimmingly until I got to the sleeves. I had neglected to toile the sleeves on Monday, having been lulled into a false sense of security but the ease of fitting the sleeves on the disaster pink dress. I thought, "No big, I'll just whip up a sleeve toile once the dress is made, tweak the little bit that needs to be tweaked and carry on". Um no. I forgot that sleeves play dirty! Jerks.

So as it stands I have the basic dress nearly finished, only hooks and eyes and a hem left. I think I know the changes that need to be to the sleeve to make it work so hopefully another toile (or two) and I will be okay. *crosses fingers*

I do have fabric and plans picked out for a coordinating hat and Spencer but I don't know if they will get done for tomorrow. The hat maybe, the Spencer no way. Still a girl can dream!

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fancyfrocks From: fancyfrocks Date: November 13th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC) (link)
Ooooohhh! Pretty! I love your fabric. Horray for things coming together!

"Um no. I forgot that sleeves play dirty! Jerks."
Ha! So true. This made me giggle, in that knowing sort of way.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 13th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC) (link)

And good, it was supposed to. :>
bellamissella From: bellamissella Date: November 13th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh, wow, so pretty, can't wait to see how it turns out! I'm sorry about the sleeves though, I got lucky last night with my sleeves, but I am doing a full muslin first (my first attempt ever at draping a pattern). Where are you going to wear it?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 13th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Yes well sleeves are evil, just the way it is. :>

A friend to having a Pumpkin-themed regency tea tomorrow. Eep!
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: November 13th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC) (link)
Yay! I'm so glad your sewing-fu has come back to you! It sounds like this dress is going to be just gorgeous! The bodice looks great, I bet it looks even better on, when the girls are helping ;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 13th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC) (link)
*sigh* I hope so, I want it to be pretty so bad. Honestly I'm feeling a little defeated by the whole thing at the moment though...
rebecca817 From: rebecca817 Date: November 13th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC) (link)
That looks amazing. I've got a dress cut out, I just need to get it sewn together. I also have stays that I made over ten years ago and they're a little bit too big so I may see if someone else would want them (I made them when I weighed 260 and I weigh around 190 now). Keep on sewing and I'm glad that everything seems to get be going together so well.
sewaddicted From: sewaddicted Date: November 13th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC) (link)
what a good call :-) sometimes it pays to shelve something that isn't working until you can deal with it properly.

I love the printed linen ... dang that you've been caught by the sleevil.
lmcbeth From: lmcbeth Date: November 14th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC) (link)
Looking good! Have fun tomorrow!
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: November 14th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC) (link)
I think that fabric will be perfect for this outfit! I'm really excited to see this come together.
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