Jenny La Fleur
The Diva - Jenny La Fleur
adventures in costuming
The Diva

My red anglaise... it has turned out to be a rather temperamental diva dress. In fact that is its new name - the Diva Anglaise. It knows it’s amazing and has the attitude to match. Jerk.

I have no idea how it happened but the bodice ended up being way too small. As in unworkable. I think it's a case of some sort of seamstress error (what I have no idea!) and a tiny factor of Christmas fudge but really I blame the dress. Diva!

After having a slight cow and wondering if I ever wanted to sew again, I ended up needing to recut the bodice. It was the best option. Which of course also meant recutting the shoulder strap as well. *sigh* I laid out what was left of my fabric, the bit on the bolt and every descent sized scrap I had (fortunately) saved along the way. Bridget kept me company while I laid out, enlarged and cut, talking me off the ledge more than once and reminding me that these sorts of set-backs, disasters and compromises usually make my costumes better in some way. And of course she is right; I used a different part of the print this time and I think I actually like this version better. Who knew? Thanks PB - I really appreciate everything! *hugs*

So at the moment the second bodice is cut out, waiting to be put together. I have enough fabric to cut one more bodice in case this too is a disaster. I'll be able to squeak out enough fabric for my trimming scheme, that being a lot easier if I don't have to cut a third bodice of course. I also started playing around with polonaising ideas and sure enough my train O’doom is a bit too much so I can cut some off for trim use, which is helpful!

Honestly this whole fiasco has really killed my momentum on this project this week. I have carried on (if not staying entirely calm) but it's been slow. I decided to put the bodice aside for a little while and turned my attention to the petticoat, which is not being a diva. So the petticoat is almost finished, it's waist-banded, hemmed, ruffled and the trim is pinned on. A few hours of handstitching and it will be finished. Yay for some painless progress!


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chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: January 1st, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC) (link)
Ah man, that sucks! I'm glad Bridget was there to help you smooth things out. I swear it takes two brains to make these dresses sometimes. Good idea to set it aside for a bit, then tackle it again later.
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: January 1st, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh no, that's awful! I'm glad you had enough fabric for another bodice and Bridget for moral support!
monsieurandre From: monsieurandre Date: January 1st, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC) (link)
Don't worry, it'll be fabulous!
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: January 2nd, 2010 01:34 am (UTC) (link)
I'm glad you like it better! And the petticoat is a good idea. I love petticoats--they always tend to cooperate :)
suededsilk From: suededsilk Date: January 2nd, 2010 02:58 am (UTC) (link)
How frustrating! But I'm sure it'll turn out great in the end. Divas may be temperamental, but they always look good. :)
anielmom From: anielmom Date: January 2nd, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC) (link)
That sucks, but at least you like the new bodice better! Think of it as a happy accident! Knowing the caliber of your work, I'm certain that it will turn out beautifully!
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: January 4th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC) (link)
Sorry its being such diva! Just console yourself with the fact that you will look so fabulous in it!
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