Jenny La Fleur
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I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! I'm still enjoying the best thing about the holiday - the leftovers! Yummy! *hee hee*

There are two things on my Christmas list I'm unsure about and I'm hoping y'all can help. I would really like a nice hair piece. Buying cheap pieces each time I need them is getting old (and expensive). They are only good for so many styles and I haven't been able to find a really great color match. I really want something more long lasting and versatile. Problem is I don't really know what I'm looking for. For those of you who have hair pieces, can you recommend a particular brand, style or online source? I know koshka_the_cat mentioned really liking her $60 piece... :>

Also I would love to have a pair of shoes to wear with my 18th century wear. I'm having a hard time deciding between Fugawee (the "Anna model") and Jas Townsend's (the ones that jenthompson mentioned). I really like them both, maybe the Townsends a bit better although I'm concerned about them being accurate enough for reenactment wear (if I get into that someday). Any opinions or advice?

*sigh* Maybe I should just ask for money this year! :>


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koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: November 26th, 2004 12:31 pm (UTC) (link)
I love my hairpiece. It was totally worth it. I've worn it 3 times now, and while it has a few flyaways, it's still in great shape. I even took it apart and rebraided it and it was fine. None of that horrible crimping that the cheap ones do if you have to take it apart because of one mistake.

I bought it at Wilshire Wigs, here.

Mine is braided tighter than in the picture, but it's still quite big.

I'm planning on ordering another from them for my Regency and 1840s things. I need a smaller, thinner braided bun for those...
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: November 26th, 2004 12:35 pm (UTC) (link)
And shoes. I have the Anna and love it. I think they run a bit small, because they're a little tight. Or, they were when I got them. I wore them around the house and then with multiple wears they stretched out and now are comfortable...

There's no padding in them, so you might want to put an insert in them. I can't, because one won't fit. I wore them three days in a row, all day at Costume College last time though, and had no achey feet at the end. Before they were broken in, at the end of two days my feet hurt.

OK, so this is rambling now. Bottom line, I love them, but if you decide to get them, wear them around the house first :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 27th, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much for the info Katherine! I think I've found something at that wig place that will work for me, it's just figuring out what color to get...

I've decided to go with the Anna - they are at the top of my list now! Good to know about the fit and comfort level. I really appreciate it!
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: November 26th, 2004 12:38 pm (UTC) (link)
It's good to hear feedback on the shoes since I was considering them at one point as well for my PotC costume - though I ended up just modifying some thrift store shoes.

Jenny - I just sent up my livejournal and friended you - hope that's ok. I know we've emailed a few times - mostly about Titanic stuff I think! :-)

jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 27th, 2004 01:25 pm (UTC) (link)
Hi Maggie!
Yes, Titanic and Eowyn’s green gown. It is a small internet. :> It's great to see you on LJ! I'm so glad you friended me, I've just done the same. I'm looking forward to reading about your latest projects. They are always such fun. :>
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: November 27th, 2004 03:11 pm (UTC) (link)
Yes, that's right - Eowyn's green gown! I love how yours turned out!

I saw that draping class you signed up for and I'm so tempted, but I don't think I can finish stays in time! I've got too much else going. It's not so far from where I live though. We'll see!

How's your kimono coming?

jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 27th, 2004 04:59 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks. My Eowyn gown was not the exact replica I'd hoped for but I honestly couldn't be more pleased. It's pretty, fun and flattering and that is what counts for me. :>

It would be fun if you could do the draping class too! I understand about having a lot going though. I haven't touched the kimono since my last entry. I can hear it whimpering occasionally in my pending box. With the holiday, company, a wedding, Christmas letter writing, web sites, party invites to mail and other holiday madness I haven't had the time to do more than feel frustrated that I can't work on it.

I hate it when life gets in the way of my sewing time!! :>
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: November 27th, 2004 07:10 pm (UTC) (link)
That's definitely what counts! Especially flattering! If it looks good and is comfortable, that counts for a lot!

I know how it is to have projects whimpering in boxes! My BR dress has been whimpering for months and months - I'm hoping to get to it by the end of the year! There's always so much going on it seems - it's hard to find time! I find myself staying up late a lot and being tired a lot! :-)

I'll have to see if I can make a pair of stays - because the draping class sounds really good! :-)

sewphisticate From: sewphisticate Date: November 28th, 2004 10:37 am (UTC) (link)
In terms of shoes: I have a pair of the Fugawee Marthas, and like them, but the whole buckle thing is problematic--I dance, and I've never been able to get the shoes to buckle tight enough for my liking. I think if I were going to purchase another pair of 18th century shoes, I'd go with the tie version, although they do look a little less formal than the buckled shoes. And koshka_the_cat is right: the leather is really stiff, and they need serious breaking in.

In terms of hair: Wilshire Wigs is a great place for hair, although, seriously, some of my cheaper hair looks better and more natural than the two really nice pieces I have...although now that I've typed that, I realized that I wore one of my expensive pieces last night and was commenting to myself how good it looked. My only advice is, when possible, if you're buying falls and not wigs, take the thing outside into sun and see how it matches your hair in natural light. I have a piece that I only wear under big hats or scarves because it looked just perfect under the hideous flourescents in the shop, but once away from that, it looks like I'm wearing Harpo Marx's wig.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 28th, 2004 11:33 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks a lot for the advice and tips! I really do appreciate it! :>
demode From: demode Date: November 29th, 2004 03:13 pm (UTC) (link)
Just have to echo everyone else's thoughts on the Anna shoe -- order at least 1/2 size bigger than you normally wear, and be ready to possibly exchange them for a full size bigger (they were very nice and helpful when I exchanged, by the way).

Re: the hairpieces -- I'm sure that the more expensive the hairpiece, the nicer it looks, but I'm currently in quantity over quality mode. I find that certain hairpieces only work for certain styles, so I like to have more than one piece. I try to prestyle them -- for example, I have one large bun on a form (for 1870s), one braid I can wrap around a bun, one set of ringlets that works for most periods, etc. It depends if you really only want to do one thing with it, but I found the more I restyled my hairpieces, the sadder they looked. I think it's best to just style them once and leave them as is -- in which case, you need more than one. Also, getting a couple different components (bun, ringlets, braid, etc.) allows you to combine them differently.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: November 30th, 2004 08:14 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks for the advice! Definitley some things to think about.
Thanks again!
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