Jenny La Fleur
money well spent... I hope - Jenny La Fleur
adventures in costuming
money well spent... I hope
I registered for Mara Riley’s class today. Yep, actually wrote out the check and put the envelope in the mail. *whew!*

MR is teaching a class on 18th century gown draping in Fredericksburg in February. Being taught to make my favorite style of dress, close to home, by a lady I admire, for a reasonable price... Come ON! I couldn’t pass that up. elegant_musings told me about the class a month or so ago and I have been saving my pennies ever since. I'll have to start saving my pennies for the required fabric now I suppose. :P

I haven’t decided if I want to make an "en fourreau" or sack-back gown at the class. The sack is tempting as they are so prevalent in the century and making one with instruction sounds like a good idea. Of course the other takes less fabric and is the style I prefer. Luckily I don’t have to decide quite yet so I can continue to ponder and scheme.

February seems like a long time to wait… I’m really looking forward to this! :>


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lizcostumes From: lizcostumes Date: November 10th, 2004 09:32 pm (UTC) (link)
Definately do the sack-back dress. They're so elegant. I wouldn't pass up a chance like that for anything! Good luck with your class and everything; that sounds fantastic!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 12th, 2004 07:15 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks for your good wishes and everything. I can't wait! :> Elegant is definitely the word for the sack-back but will I enjoy actually wearing one? I don't know yet.

Ack, I hate costuming decisions! :>

From: misscrabtree Date: November 11th, 2004 07:35 am (UTC) (link)
Thats really excellent Jenny. You know I live 20 minutes from New York City a place where the fashion industry and Broadway are located, and not one draping class is offered. Except for one at the local community college, and they want $700. This is a great opportunity for you and money well spent Im sure. Was thinking, your near Silly Sisters. I wonder if they own an actual shop or is it just virtual?
anomilygrace From: anomilygrace Date: November 11th, 2004 10:42 am (UTC) (link)
It's virtual...they have a studio in Fredericksburg, but no "bricks and mortar" store there. They do have booths at several reenactments throughout the year - and lovelier ladies you will never meet. :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 12th, 2004 07:28 am (UTC) (link)
Yeah, this is the first draping class I've found that is near my home and affordable (and that's with moving around from state to state too). Intermediate to advanced garment sewing really is becoming a lost art...

As anomilygrace said, they don't have a store. Too bad. I drive by their studio probably twice a week, how cool would it be if it was actually a shop! Dangerous but cool.

That is one of the reasons I'm really excited about the class. I know there must be (non Civil War) costume historians in the area, but I haven't really found them yet. I'm hoping the class will introduce me to like-minded hobbyists in the area. At the very least it will be a fun day, learning and sewing alongside other seamstresses... :>
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