Jenny La Fleur
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a summery frock

I got a fair amount of work done on the Gaulle yesterday, before the evening migraine and sleevils put a stop to it. *sigh*

I decided to construct it by putting together first the back, then the front, then lining them up and sewing them together along the front side seam. It worked really nicely!

The front panel was originally two panels of fabric but when I tried it on it was way too much fabric - 45" turned out to be just right amount after all! I decided to be a little different from the repros I've seen and gathered a bit of the front panel along the shoulder strap before starting the drawstring front. I also didn't shape the front neckline piece at all, just gathered it up a little looser and allowed gravity to take over. The drawstring is totally ghetto - I zigzagged the top edge, folded it over once and stitched. So lazy - but hey it works! :>

I then tried it on, without stays, mostly to check the skirt front (which is just the right length without a hem, opps), the placement of the waist (which should be slightly high) and to figure out where the sleeves should go (since I'm mixing and matching patterns, hence no matching notches). I have to say I ADORE this frock. I wasen't so sure about it until I tried it on and added the wide sash. It's super fun and girly to wear, helped a great deal by the heaps of fullness (well 4 panels of fabric!) in the back. Add a full petticoat and a bum roll of doom and this gaulle might inch out my peach chemise à la reine as my favorite summer frock. :>

The hem... came out a bit short, just like on my chemise à la reine- what is up with me and the gathered front frocks! I'm thinking a false hem (maybe cut on the bias to take advantage of my stripage) or maybe even a little 1.5" ruffle. To be honest I haven't seen ruffles on gaulles or chemise à la reines but I have seen them on petticoats of the period. Is that too far a stretch do you think?

I thought the waist looked a little low in back at first but after double checking the gaulle in Marie Antoinette it looks the same to me so I don't know. Ponders...

The sleeves. *sigh* After I took these pics I basted one in place (with pins) and tried it on again. Somehow they are off, there is too much fabric in the front and not enough in the back, almost like the top of the sleeve is backward. But I know it's not because that would make all the elbow darts backward. This is the sleeve I used on my red silk anglaise in Jan - it doesn't make any sense that it would be wrong. I'm going to try it on again with stays this time to see if that makes a difference. If it continues to be a butt head for much longer I may just switch to the two-piece long sleeve, which is probably more accurate anyway. I was just thinking for a hot summer day + badminton, the one-piece three quarter sleeve might be more comfy.

Stupid sleeves.


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jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 22nd, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! The fabric was given to me and I just love it!
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: June 22nd, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC) (link)
That looks really great!

I always have the opposite problem in that my hems are always too long because I'm always afraid of making them too short. So I end up tripping a lot. ;-)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 22nd, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Being tall I have a horror of too-short hems so I normally add way more inches than I think I need. I thought I did on this but I guess not! Same thing happened with the chemise dress too - weird!
demode From: demode Date: June 22nd, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC) (link)
It's looking fabulous -- yay stripes! And yeah, slevil - le sigh!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 22nd, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I'm definitely going for fabulous. :> Yay for stripes!
lmcbeth From: lmcbeth Date: June 22nd, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC) (link)
So, did you do a waist drawstring? I skipped that part on my dress. Also, I wondered how this dress would look with a correctly sized bumroll. I think my own roll was WAY too you think we can get a peek of it before CC? Are you wearing this to your party?

It is very pretty, btw! Do you think we might be able to coordinate a Gaulle day at Coco? It looks like that may be the IceCream social for me though.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 22nd, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC) (link)
No waist drawstring, I'm too lazy. :> I'll be wearing it for my picnic on Sunday so you'll definitely see pics. I'm not sure how big I'll so with the bum roll, or rather false rump in my case. I have two, one stuffed more than the other, so I'll have to see which works best.

Thanks! I've been really wishy-washy about the project until I actually put it on last night. Now I'm super excited to wear it on Monday and again at CC. I probably won't wear mine on Friday, I was thinking Sunday. That is the day I like to be cool and comfy and unlace my stays a bit if I can! :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: June 26th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC) (link)
SO Pretty!
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