Jenny La Fleur
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fitting and darting

The Peacock toileing today went much better, mostly thanks to my fabulous Mom who skillfully pinned and darted where I couldn't reach.

I made the toile in two parts - first the top which I based off of the Erte dress (which was in turn based on the S&S 1911 Kimono Dress). I tried on the Erte, marked it with pins approx where the new waistline and neckline should be and transferred those markings to the pattern piece before I cut out the toile.

The second half of the toile was the skirt which I based on Butterick 4092. I added a couple of inches to the bottom length and 4 inches to the top.

I tried them on separately starting with the skirt. I figured out where it was supposed to sit then Mom and I pinned and fussed with the darts and seams until it was nicely fitted. Then I tried on the top and we did the same, eventually pinned the two peices together.

The top is actually the under bodice, it will be sewn out of silk organza (for stability) and machine net (for softness) and will peek out from under the beaded vest. Now that the underbodic is in good shape I'll be drafting the vest pattern so I can work on the bead count so I can order beads so i can start beading. It's all about the beads you know!

Now that the skirt is in good shape I need to measure out the yardage and see if I have enough fabric for an over skirt and train... we'll see.

Oh yes and my kitty helper this am. Well not really, Nefret was having a lovely time keeping me company until I finially had to kick her off my bed, otherwise known as my sewing work space. :> She was so cute I hated to do it but the peacock was calling! :>


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mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: April 19th, 2010 10:16 am (UTC) (link)
Your toile is looking wonderful, so nicely fitted!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 19th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I couldn't have done it without Mom!
madamekat From: madamekat Date: April 19th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC) (link)
I never thought of using a skirt pattern to help draft a whole dress. What a great idea!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 19th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm glad you are finding this diary useful! I'm feeling very lazy about draping right now so I'm back to Frankenstein-ing the patterns laying around the house... :>
fancyfrocks From: fancyfrocks Date: April 19th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC) (link)
Ooohh! This is going to be so pretty!
And love the kitty picture for good measure :)
s0mmer From: s0mmer Date: April 19th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC) (link)
Ooh, looks great! I love a well fitting toile ; Brava for mama!
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