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pleats & plan "d" dresses

Despite my radio silence I have been sewing in-between Real Life (TM), holidays and commission work.

So I spoke a little too soon with the olive/rust anglaise pleats. When I went to properly pin them down, in preparation to stitching them, there was some weird bunching and odd angles at the point. Merh. I decided the fact that I was trying to use a straight length of fabric for a dramatic point might be the culprit so I took out the pleats, cut a point in my fabric and carried on. I ended up having to make multiple cuts to get it right but in the end I got it to where I was content. (Did I mention my perfectionism has a very love/hate relationship with tiny pleats?)

So the back pleats are now stitched down and the front pleats pinned. A waistband & hem and I have a wearable dress but I needed to switch focus for a couple of days...

I'm hosting a Regency card party on the 16th and despite having a closet full of lovely things I could wear I want something new. Silly Jenny.

Thanks to various fabric issues I'm now on plan "D" with this outfit. Oy! So I'm using my Lizzie Dress pattern and some red striped poly (shh!) chiffon to make what I've lovingly dubbed the " Candy Cane Dress". It's not the dress I originally wanted to make but I’m trying to use the stash and I had less fabric than I thought. So I'm crossing fingers that I will like it when it's done. I'm a bit skeptical to be honest but at least the construction is going really fast. In fact I'm hoping to have it finished today!

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gilded_garb From: gilded_garb Date: July 7th, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC) (link)
Naughty dresses!

I love the Candy Cane dress (well, what I can see of it ;o) ). Good luck on finishing it today.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 8th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC) (link)
At least they are just slightly naughty, rather than being complete bitches. It could be much worse!

Thanks! Yesterday did not go as planned but progress was made and when I tried it on for hem marking this morning it was CU-UTE! Yay!
gilded_garb From: gilded_garb Date: July 8th, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC) (link)
True! The Huge Pink Ballgown is right on the verge of being considered a bitch. I may switch and whip up the gualle.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 9th, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh no! Is it the ruffles? *crosses fingers for you*
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: July 7th, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC) (link)
Sorry the dress is giving you so many problems!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 8th, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC) (link)
Yes well such is a costumer's life. At least they have been easy to solve issues! :>
s0mmer From: s0mmer Date: July 7th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh boo, sorry you had to repleat. Glad you're happy with it now :)

The candy cane dress looks so fun! I find great satisfaction in solving sewing conundrums, after the aggravation at least.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 8th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC) (link)
Well you know it's not really a properly pleated skirt if you don't have to fuss endlessly with the pleats. At least that is my story and I'm sticking to it!

Ultimately I costume because I love the feeling of conquering all the issues each project dishes out. It always seems worth it in the end somehow... :>
viennabelle From: viennabelle Date: July 8th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC) (link)
The pleats look great--well worth the fussing!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 8th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I think so too! :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: July 8th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC) (link)
The pleats are so pretty!

Good luck finishing up the candy cane dress!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 8th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Yesterday did NOT go as planned but I'm *this close* to finishing tonight... and it came out so cute! *happy butt wiggle*
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