Jenny La Fleur
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jennylafleur
jennylafleur
no carrot
No new dress. :<

I was doing so well and then hit a major wall pleating the skirt onto the bodice. It just wouldn't work. In the wee hours on the morning, after working on it for over 3 hours without any tangible results, I decided that sleep was more important to having a good time today than a new dress.

Luckily I have a deep 18th century closet so I won't be naked or anything tonight. I'll just be in "this old thing". And I now have a dress over halfway done for CosCol and next year's UTR. That is a good thing.

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madamekat From: madamekat Date: June 26th, 2011 11:44 am (UTC) (link)
Yeah, I've done that, too! But it was a true valiant effort and I applaud you for trying. Have fun today!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 29th, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! You don't know if you don't try right? Now I'll just have it done for next year! :>
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: June 26th, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC) (link)
I totally hear you. I've held an 1850s bodice and skirt in my lap for two nights now trying to figure out how to attach the pleated skirt to the bodice which has a piped edge. The picture shows them attached and the piping shows on top of the pleating but I can't figure out where/how to attach them so it's not messy. :( I'm still waiting on instructions from the pattern company but it may not tell me how to do this.
Sorry to hear it didn't work out.
nuranar From: nuranar Date: June 27th, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC) (link)
I can help. :) Whip the top edges of the pleats directly to the piping material, behind the cord - "in the ditch" basically between the piping and the bodice itself.
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: June 27th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you. That sounds similar to what others told me but with the pleats being sewn in the ditch onto a grosgrain tape, then that is then sewn to the bodice behind the piping.
nuranar From: nuranar Date: June 27th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC) (link)
Hmm - there's no "in the ditch" stitching if you're using a band. Just whip the pleats directly to the edge of the ribbon. Then baste the ribbon behind the piping; that does not have to be nearly so secure. The grosgrain (petersham works better, IMHO) band is for convenience, if you want to change bodices, or necessity if the bodice has a shaped/pointed waist, or possibly for stability.

Is there something that's still confusing you?
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: June 27th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh I just described it wrong, the "ditch" I'm referring to is the fold of the pleat.
nuranar From: nuranar Date: June 27th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC) (link)
Aww, I'm sorry you didn't get it to work. But at least you knew when to stop, and as you say it'll be easy to finish for CosCol. :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 29th, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC) (link)
Yes, I have learned my limitations, the hard way but I have learned! And really when you have good friends around you it doesn't much matter what you are wearing... :>
nuranar From: nuranar Date: June 29th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC) (link)
That is the truly important thing. :)
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: June 29th, 2011 09:52 am (UTC) (link)
Yeah, that happens. But you looked so lovely in your blue jacket and petticoat and you're just that much further along for coco!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 29th, 2011 03:12 pm (UTC) (link)
Yeah, well now I'll have a new 18th cen for CosCol which I probally won't have had otherwise. And I'll have it for next year. I did love wearing the blue print and Diva again!
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