Jenny La Fleur
in my spare time... - Jenny La Fleur — LiveJournal
adventures in costuming
in my spare time...
It's been pointed out to me that I've been bad this year about mentioning projects and then not posting pics of the finished results. So here are some of the projects I've cruelly neglected to show you...

An 1860s work dress (commission). I just finished this today. Not a bad result for my first venture into the 1860s, my first ever piping and my first dog-leg closure - man I sure learned a lot on this one!

A video to show how the closure works ('cause I was trying to explain it to a non-costuming friend and a video is just easier!).

A Steampunk style mini Wellington top hat (commission). Learned a lot on this one too, mostly that scaling wellington hats is much trickier than you'd think. Keeping the size and the proportions right at the same time was quite the challenge, as was cutting and lining up all those chains to make that pretty swag! I thought I'd lose my mind on both parts!

Quilt Square for a Friendship quilt (gift). Not bad for someone completely out of practice and not that good anyway at block piecing. I only quilt for very special people in my life, which this gal definitely is - I can't wait to see the look on her face when it's given to her!

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padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: June 2nd, 2010 12:33 am (UTC) (link)
Great job with everything!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 2nd, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC) (link)
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: June 2nd, 2010 12:43 am (UTC) (link)
Hey, thank you for that video! I'm always fumbling with doing a side opening but this makes it a whole lot easier. And 'splains a lot about the dogleg I'd heard about.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 2nd, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm glad it was helpful!
suededsilk From: suededsilk Date: June 2nd, 2010 02:16 am (UTC) (link)
Excellent work on both, and what a neat hat!

That video may have just scared me away from doing Civil War. Or at least anything with dog-leg closures. *meep*
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 2nd, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC) (link)

Yeah, not my favorite closure I have to admit...
captain_hawkins From: captain_hawkins Date: June 2nd, 2010 02:16 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks for the video! But you should know, you did a good job explaining cause that's pretty much what i visualized as you were explaining :-)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 2nd, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh good! :>
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: June 2nd, 2010 02:27 am (UTC) (link)
I lvoe the steampunky hat! Those feathers are the perfect touch.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 2nd, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I was really pleased with the way the deocoration came out... and that I had the perfect feathers in my stash! :>
quincy134 From: quincy134 Date: June 2nd, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC) (link)
Go you for conquering tough projects!! I sympathize with you on learning 1860s. I also had some trouble with the piping and the dogleg closure. Those techniques really foreign relative to regency and 18th c!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 2nd, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC) (link)
It's funny I hadn’t realized just how many new or challenging projects I've been doing lately. I'm really for a nicely familiar sort of project right about now!

Tell me about it! Some of the 1860s stuff seemed so foreign after concentrating on the 18th century and early regency so long.
lmcbeth From: lmcbeth Date: June 2nd, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC) (link)
Okay, so why is it called dog leg?

Very cool closure, and you did a great job on the dress! Love seeing my hat here :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 2nd, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC) (link)
I have no idea! :> That is a good question though...

I'm so glad you like it! :>
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jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 2nd, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC) (link)
You are most welcome!
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: June 4th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC) (link)
Fabulous job on everything, as usual! ;P

And I love that hat! Its just as cool as you described it.
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