Jenny La Fleur
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the un-friendly dress
The Green/Rust striped Anglaise is just determined to be un-friendly. When I tried it on to mark the hem tonight I discovered that it was on the verge of being too short on the sides without doing anything. (Actually this happened on my Bellini too - Note to self when making a roundgown cut the front panels longer than usual.)


Unfortunately all I have left of the fabric is a small baggie of scraps - I don't know that I have enough to piece it. I could possibly use some of that brown faux taffeta I didn’t make into a petticoat... would it look too funny to have a ½-1" band of almost matching brown at the bottom though? It doesn’t seem a very 18th century thing to do but I’m not sure I have another option at this point…

Time to stop work, ponder and make decision in the morning when I'm fresh...


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bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: July 12th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC) (link)
Can you add trim that would hang down lower?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 12th, 2011 03:34 am (UTC) (link)
Umm... I haven't thought of that. I'll have to rummage through my stash... Thanks!
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: July 12th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC) (link)
Great idea! Or if you add a ruffle to the bottom, it would hide it! If you had a fabric you thought would go!
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: July 12th, 2011 09:20 am (UTC) (link)
How annoying!I know you'll come up with something though!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 13th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC) (link)
Thank goodness piecing is period! *wink*
vanityfairy From: vanityfairy Date: July 12th, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC) (link)
Or make the dress intentionally short as seen in some fashion plates? Might look good or horrible ;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 13th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC) (link)
Unfortunately that wasn’t really the style I was going for... the dress has an elegant sweep in the back which what made the shortness in front so awkward. I pieced it within an inch of it's life though and I think it looks okay now... as long as no one looks too close. :>
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: July 12th, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC) (link)
How frustrating! 18c dresses are the worst for changing length.

Hems were sometimes bound instead of hemmed--maybe that could help? I don't think it was as wide as an inch, but it might not be that noticeable.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 13th, 2011 03:21 am (UTC) (link)
Yeah one wrong cut and you are screwed! I thought about binding it bit 1" seemed like a lot to show. I ended up piecing it and if you follow the 3 foot rule it works. So glad piecing is period! :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: July 12th, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh no! That mean ol' dress better behave!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 13th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC) (link)
Seriously! I mean really who does this dress think it is?
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