Jenny La Fleur
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bands of velvet & turning the corner

The Flying Wrap is going well. For a pretty simple garment it's been a time-eater though. Of course I'm not sure why it is that when I pick the most difficult fabrics known to the sewing world to work with I expect to breeze through a project! Silly Jenny!

Putting on the velvet bands was simple but meticulous work. All the bias strips had to be pieced together then seams pressed open (using a needle-board so as not to crush the velvet). For the sleeves I had to sew the strip into a circle to go around the sleeve edge - you can bet I triple and quadrupled my measurements on that one! Then the band had to be pinned onto the edge – so time consuming! Luckily this velvet wasn’t too finicky and I didn't have to hand-baste it as well. I then sewed the band on as well as sewed a basting stitch along the other edge.

The bands were then carefully pressed, first on the underside (to create a sharp edge at the stitching line) then on the "right" side (creating the finished edge.)

I then carefully smoothed out the taffeta and using the basting stich on the raw edge turned the remaining raw edge under to create the hem. That was pinned and later stitched down by hand.

The skirt band was slightly more challenging as I decided to do an interlining of cotton twill to weigh-down the garment. I took the further precaution of stay-stitching the hem edge and used the basting stitch on the opposite side of the band to slightly gather the top to adjust for the curve of the hem. Finicky but so worth the effort!

The twill interlining did the trick, adding just enough weight to help the wrap turn the corner and look lovely and elegant. No more Stay Puft woman!

I've also worked a little on the embellishment. I stitched a mixture of bugle and seed beads to the edge of the sleeve to add some sparkle and weight there. I’ve also been making beaded tassels - but that is the subject of another post...

I still have the neckline/front and belt to finish/hem/attach and the rest of the beaded tassels to make. So it's all hand work at this stage, which is the perfect sort of work for headache and travel days. So while the wrap isn't quite done I'm moving on to other things.

Oh and I'm so excited I don't have to make anything to go under the wrap because I realized last week that I already have the perfect Edwardian nightgown - my 18th century chemise gown! It looks perfect under the wrap and is of course really comfortable. Yay!

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dawnluck From: dawnluck Date: March 12th, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC) (link)
Just WoW! Very Elegant and nothing puffy! I can't wait to see the final embellishments.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 13th, 2012 01:27 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I'm so pleased it's all coming together at last!
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: March 12th, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh my goodness! This is just so gorgeous! I cant wait to see it in person.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 13th, 2012 01:28 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! In person is definitely better - the swishing sound when I walk is pretty epic...
From: the_aristocat Date: March 12th, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC) (link)
It looks beautiful and very glamorous!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 13th, 2012 01:29 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you so much! Glamorous - I like that! :>
newgarb From: newgarb Date: March 12th, 2012 10:43 pm (UTC) (link)
How rich and elegant looking! That blue is amazing.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 13th, 2012 01:30 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you! I love the blue too - I should have bought more! :>
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: March 12th, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC) (link)
So beautiful--and so luxurious! All that taffeta and velvet!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 13th, 2012 01:31 pm (UTC) (link)
Yep, first class all the way baby! :>
elegant_musings From: elegant_musings Date: March 12th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC) (link)
Beautiful! Even though it's been a lot of work, that velvet adds such a luxurious touch. Can't wait to see it because I think it'll be even more stunning in person! :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 13th, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I was worried about it there for a while but it really has turned out to be just as elegant as i was hopping it would be. I love the bands - they were a pain but they are so my favorite part now!
madamekat From: madamekat Date: March 13th, 2012 01:21 pm (UTC) (link)
It looks great! I love it!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 13th, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I can't wait to wear it in April!
suededsilk From: suededsilk Date: March 13th, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC) (link)
This is gorgeous! The velvet really adds that luxurious touch.
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: March 14th, 2012 09:27 am (UTC) (link)
Brava! So beautiful! I knew you would pull it off, and now it's just stunning :) all the adjectives the others have used are perfect for it! Elegant and glamorous and just a little bit regal ;)
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