Jenny La Fleur
The Antoinette Fete - Jenny La Fleur
adventures in costuming
The Antoinette Fete

I had such a lovely weekend - I don't even know where to begin!! My visit with girliegirl32786 was fabulous, as always. Not long enough but then again it never is. :<

We spent some of Thursday and all of Friday prepping for the Fete. Mostly thanks to the macarons we spent Friday pretty much in the kitchen and on our feet. It made for a very long day but it was fun none-the-less. Except for the Barney macarons, the ganache with an attitude, and the overwhipped egg whites Baking Day went smoothly. Nothing like a few slight kitchen disasters to keep us humble and entertained! :>

In between there was of course much laughing, evil costume scheming, My Little Pony Gummies and wishing for far away friends (you know who you are!). We also had sewing to do... I had more than girliegirl32786 per usual. *sigh*

When I woke up (too early!) on Saturday my dress was further from being completed than I wanted but thanks to lots of kitchen help from girliegirl32786 and Rachel, Mom sewing up my hem and some pins in place of hooks and eyes it was in wearable condition just in time for the fete. *whew* That was too close!

I couldn't be more pleased with how everything came out. Aubry and I had great fun setting and decorating the tables. I was able to use Great-Grandmother's china and silver and my beloved candelabras. Even the roses I'd bought a few days before were beautifully opened up - perfect! The food also fulfilled my visions. Aubry and I even managed to get the little white/brown bread hearts in the top of the mint & lettuce sandwiches. So fun.

Then there were the macarons. They really were worth the effort. The Mint macarons (which we nick-named "koshka_the_cat macarons" because of the green-pink color scheme) were vanilla macarons with candy cane buttercream. The violet macarons featured violet essence and a dark chocolate ganache filling. The rose macarons had rosewater with a rosewater, rose petal & lemon peel buttercream. Can you tell girliegirl32786 and I had way too much fun coming up with these flavor combinations? :>

The fete itself was wonderful. We ate, we talked, we played Speculation, we took pictures, had a fabric giveaway, ate, talked, and laughed even more. It was a wonderful time with some very special ladies. And we all looked fabulous too! :> It's really been a rough couple of weeks for me, especially with the snow and the house-bound isolation that came with it. I really needed this weekend - girliegirl32786's visit, the party & going to church today. I can't even tell you how much I needed ALL of it. *sigh* Thank you ladies!

So my frock... *drum roll* May I present the Bellini Dress. Otherwise known as my new favorite costume EVAR! I really couldn't be more pleased with the way it came out and to say that I felt like a pretty, pretty princess in it is quite an understatement. :>

I've always loved this early 1790s style, with its very tailored clean lines and almost bustle back. And to make my life easier this gown is basically the dress version of my beloved blue ruffled jacket. Hey why re-invent the wheel? It would have been even easier if I had actually made a finial master pattern of the jacket when I made it but I eventually figured what combination of self-drafted patterns I used to make it. *rolls eyes*

I didn't have enough fabric for a matching petticoat so I decided to make it a "round gown" which was actually really fun to wear. I splurged, using every inch of fabric to put a huge amount in the skirt - 4 panels of 54". So awesome! The back pleats were a pain but I'm so proud of them. I really do have an obsession with tiny knife pleats and pointed back bodices. It's not a good thing!

And my hair - I love it so much! I finally figured out how to do that transitional hedgehog-to-regency-bun ringlet & turban hair. Whoo-hoo! I'll do a tutorial soon I promise...

More photos can be found here: Jenny-Rose

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koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: February 15th, 2010 04:46 am (UTC) (link)
It looks like so much fun, and I can see why that's your favorite dress!

And a pink and green koshka the cat macaron? Squee! Makes me rather happy :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 15th, 2010 04:55 am (UTC) (link)

We couldn't help it - they reminded us of you the instant we started putting them together! I'm thinking I'll have to make some more for UTR no? :>
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: February 15th, 2010 04:57 am (UTC) (link)
Your party looks lovely, and congratulations on those macarons! Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the weekend.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 16th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks! It was wonderful, tiring but lovely!
green_martha From: green_martha Date: February 15th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC) (link)
You all look great, your frock is fantastic, and those macarons look awesome !
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 16th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much!!
operafantomet From: operafantomet Date: February 15th, 2010 09:08 am (UTC) (link)
You all look fantastic! The colours, the details... yummy. And those macarons = too sexy for their own good.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 16th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much - the macarons were way too fun to come up with!
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: February 15th, 2010 09:11 am (UTC) (link)
Oh boy do you look fabulous!! I love the new dress!!!
And you spread looks so delicious! and the table is set so beautifully, it's no wonder you all had such ah lovely time!!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 16th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much! Well I'm already schemeing about a party for your UTR visit...
fiofiorina From: fiofiorina Date: February 15th, 2010 10:15 am (UTC) (link)
The dress is fantastic. You hit on the proportions, the fit is perfect, the colouring even more so! Bravissima! (and I love your hair!)

Your fête looks great :-) I am sure you've had a lot of fun!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 16th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC) (link)
Thank you so much. *blushes* I really loved my outfit.
jenthompson From: jenthompson Date: February 15th, 2010 12:04 pm (UTC) (link)
You look AMAZING in that dress, and I can't wait for the hair tutorial! It looks like such a fun party!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 16th, 2010 02:41 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much!
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: February 15th, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC) (link)
Wonderful pics, everything looks fantastic including you - I can see why you love the new dress so much. That color is just perfect for you - yay! :)

And the macaroons! I've been dying to try making them and the flavors you chose are exactly to my taste. Mmmmm, roses!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 16th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks again for the fabric - it was such a joy to make up and wear. Yeah the macarons are fun... time consuming but fun!
madamekat From: madamekat Date: February 15th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC) (link)
OMG, when I first saw you in your new dress I squealed! I absolutely love it! The cut, the colors, the stripe... it's really spectacular on you! And your hair is so romantic.

I was also loving your linen, china and silverware (candelabras, 3 tier server, etc). You really created an elegant table!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 16th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC) (link)
Thank you so much. I was sqealing inside myself! :>

Thanks, setting the table and displaying the food is always my favorite part of a party. I really love doing it!
fancyfrocks From: fancyfrocks Date: February 15th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh my gosh, that looks like it was such a lovely weekend! Your macarons look to die for, your dress looks just as scrumptious as the macarons, and everyone just looks so happy. What a lovely little fete!
marcine From: marcine Date: February 15th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC) (link)
What a lovely fete with yuumy food and beautiful belles! You new gown is pretty -- love the pink and green combination.
vanessa_lynne From: vanessa_lynne Date: February 15th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC) (link)
Wow - beautiful! The table setting is exquisite!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 16th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC) (link)
Thank you!!!!!!
love3angle From: love3angle Date: February 15th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC) (link)
Everything looks so lovely, especially the dresses!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 16th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I know everyone looked so great!
countess_rosina From: countess_rosina Date: February 15th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC) (link)
Stunning! The color of your dress really flatters you! Can't wait for the hair tutorial - I LOVE the style!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 16th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks... yes it's actually pretty easy to do!
suededsilk From: suededsilk Date: February 16th, 2010 08:19 am (UTC) (link)
Everything looks amazingly beautiful!
And your dress is perfectly scrumptious. :)
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