Jenny La Fleur
pumpkin tea - Jenny La Fleur
adventures in costuming
pumpkin tea

Despite all my personal drama leading up to it, I had a nice time at the Pumpkin Tea on Saturday. It's amazing what good friends, lively conversation, fun food and a new frock will do for a girl. :> Pictures can be found here:
My pictures
Loren's pictures
Isabella's pictures

I'm still not quite sure how it happened but my new linen dress turned out wonderfully. I'm in shock about it really.

It was a close thing though. Dispite being up until 2am the night before, I woke up Saturday morning without sleeves. By the time I got to them Friday night it was way too late to be cutting fabric and/or sewing sleeves. So I got everything else I could do done and went bed. I finished the last stitch at 12:15 (the tea started at 1pm).

Thanks to my parents, who are made of win and awesome, helping with fittings (Mom) and sandwich making (Dad) I got to the tea right on time and not nearly as stressed as I should have been. :> My family is the best!

As much as I loved my dress, I was possibly more excited about my underpinnings. After years of cheating with modern slips, Victorian petticoats, etc - I was wearing proper Regency under things! A Regency shift, a high-waisted linen petticoat and of course my new stays. *sigh* I really should be less lazy about underpinnings, I love the feeling of wearing the proper ones so.

Speaking of my stays - I'm super pleased with my new pair! They were really comfy and the way they shape my bust is SO much nicer than the original pair. They were even more comfortable to drive in than my old ones - yay! I had another party after the tea, a non-costume event this time, but since my friends didn't care what I was wearing and my outfit was so comfy I didn't bother to change until I got home late that evening!

*sigh* I love Regency.

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jenthompson From: jenthompson Date: November 16th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC) (link)
You look gorgeous! I love the stays too!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 16th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much!
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: November 16th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC) (link)
I'm so happy it all worked!

The gown is lovely! And isn't it fun really having the right underthings instead of cheating?

I think I recognize the fabric--you bought that in LA, didn't you? :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 16th, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! It really is, I must be less lazy about it in the future!

I did, I bought it my first first trip to the fabric district. Then bought more when i found it again the next year. So now I have enough for a 1780s jacket and petticoat as well. :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: November 16th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC) (link)
See, I told you that you wold look fabulous! ;) Looks like a lovely time. I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself and didn't stress.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 16th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC) (link)
Yes you were right. :> I really tried not to stress too much, especially Saturday morning. I decided the worst then that could happen was that I was late and in the grand scheme of life that was not a huge big deal. Aren't you proud of me? :> And then in the end I did get there on time, thanks entirely to Mom and Dad of course. :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: November 17th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC) (link)
I'm very proud of you!
isabelladangelo From: isabelladangelo Date: November 16th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC) (link)
You did look great. I really loved seeing you and everyone else there.

...and I'm stealing a couple of pictures. :-)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 16th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! It was really fun - we all looked great!

Please feel free to snag whatever you would like... let me know if you want hi-rez versions of anything!
angldst From: angldst Date: November 16th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC) (link)
your dress and underpinnings turned out lovely! You look delightful.


jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 16th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC) (link)
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 16th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC) (link)
The dress turned out beautifully, great job! And everyone looks fabulous and like they had a wonderful time! I love Regency too....
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 16th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC) (link)
lmcbeth From: lmcbeth Date: November 16th, 2009 05:21 am (UTC) (link)
Glad it all worked out, you were happy with the stays and the dress (I'm usually not so lucky with a first wearing) and that you had a great time!

You looked lovely by the way!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 16th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm not useally this lucky either. It was the grace of God really, 'casue I didn't do anything speical to make it work out wonderfully. :>

joysdaughter From: joysdaughter Date: November 16th, 2009 07:49 am (UTC) (link)
Lovely work - all of it. And well done the family, helping to de-stress - isn't that always good?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 16th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC) (link)
THanks so much! Yes, I don't know what I would do without them!
sewaddicted From: sewaddicted Date: November 16th, 2009 08:28 am (UTC) (link)
You look fabulous :-)

Well done on getting all the period layers underneath too. I'm in awe of all those who lead the way for me.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 16th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Yes it only took me what, 8 years to get there? :>
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: November 16th, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC) (link)
It really was a stunning dress, simple but oh so RIGHT, and with pimpernels! Perhaps part of why it looked so great was because of those underpinnings. In any case you looked fab.

I love the pics you got! I haven't figured out how to download from a mac though, right clicking doesn't work for some reason. Could you possibly send me copies of these, pretty please?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 16th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much! Pimpernels, yay! :>

Of course, I'll go send them right now while I'm thinking of it!
fancyfrocks From: fancyfrocks Date: November 16th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC) (link)
You look beautiful! I really adore the gown.
Underpinnings are made of awesome. I also need to be less lazy about them- it just feels so... feminine and lovely.. when you have a special set!
I'm so glad that everything worked out ok, and from the look of the pictures, it was worth it! Beautiful!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 16th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I love it too, so in shock at how well it came out!
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: November 16th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC) (link)
Your dress turned out beautiful, and I love combining teas with pretty gowns. They go so perfectly together.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 16th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Yes, tea is fun but tea in dress-up clothes is even more fun!
isiswardrobe From: isiswardrobe Date: November 17th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC) (link)
You look lovely all the way through. :-)
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