Jenny La Fleur
one step forward, one step back - Jenny La Fleur
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one step forward, one step back
I worked on my red anglaise a bit last night. Got most of the en fourreau pleats set & sewn when I noticed how "off" the pleats were from the repeat of the fabric's pattern. Umm. So the burning questions began - would anyone notice, will it bother me in the end or not, it is period, am I being silly??? So I stopped work, slept on it and decided this am that I really did need to rip out all my stitching and do it again, this time paying attention to the print. Why I couldn't have thought of that the first time around... mreh.

Luckily this fabric is continuing to be a dream to work with (I love the weight and crunchiness of it!). Not only do the pin holes not show once it's been steamed and the washable pencil marks come out just fine with a damp washcloth, but the application of water doesn't change the crispness of the fabric's "hand". The red dye is a little unstable (some of it came off along with the washable pencil marks) but really that is to be expected with red silk. I'll have to be careful about getting it wet while I'm wearing it, that's all.

I'm going to have to think about the construction of this dress more than I thought I would. I've never made an English gown with a repeating pattern that was noticeable. It requires some adjusting in one's thinking.


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sarahnucci From: sarahnucci Date: November 20th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC) (link)
It's period. No really, I have the striped gown, which unlike Katherine's pieces gown, pleats funny with stripes going both in and out! Oh well! And when copying off of another gown that Mark Hutter draped on me- oh yeah, that has one side of the back a full inch bigger than the other. It's draped, it's not cut, so yeah, it's slightly off and it's compleatly accurate.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 20th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC) (link)
Yeah that was one of the things that made me hesitate to start over. I remember a slide Sally Queen showed at CC a few years ago, it was an en fourreau back that was totally off, one side from the other. Crazy!

I guess it's a sign of being from the modern era... I couldn't let it go! :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: November 21st, 2009 05:43 am (UTC) (link)
You know it would have bugged you if you never fixed it. I'm sure it will look fabulous in the end and be worth all the trouble!
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: November 21st, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC) (link)
Know matter how many times you told yourself it was perfectly period correct, you would have been pissed off and you wouldn't have loved the gown as much as you will now :)
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: November 21st, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC) (link)
Wow! What a bad spelling mistake!! Maybe I need a paid account so I can edit out my awful spellings :p
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