Jenny La Fleur
a good toile day - Jenny La Fleur
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a good toile day

Today ended up being a good toile day – I got lots done and am feeling more content with this project than I have in a while. I started out by trying on v1.0 of the Arnold toile again. My idea of only pushing *some* (1½") of the fullness in front and removing the rest from the side, turned out to be a sound one and resulted in the best fit so far. With Mom’s assistance I pinned up the sides and tweaked the shoulder strap.

I then took the toile apart and using the pinned side, recut another side modification.

The fitting of Arnold v1.1 was fairly painless. I ended up shaping the center front a bit. The seam is definitely curved not straight but as I’m going for a later 1780s look, it’s okay. Hopefully the stripes at the center front will look interesting and not silly. :>

The sides gave me some fits, until I let the seam out a bit at the very bottom. Dratted hips, or I should say my natural bum roll! :>

Before I was finished I took a few full-length pictures so I could better judge the proportions of the gown. I think the bodice would be easier to fit if I raised the bodice up a bit (a fit sans hips) but I’m afraid of appearing short waisted. For some reason, I have a tendency to look so in the 18th century mode although I’m in fact slightly long waisted. Anyway, I think the proportions look good as is, so I’m determined to tweak through the longer bodice…

I have to admit puzzling out how to split the side modification and add the correct width to the bottom while still retaining a flat pattern piece took me a little while to ponder. I did eventually figure out how and where to add but I had begin despair and had to walk away from it first. :P

The fitting of Arnold v1.2 was good and I think I’m about finished with the bodice. Just a few tweaks more and I’m ready to tackle the armhole and sleeve area. I’m not entirely happy with the fit of the back but as I’m going to cover it with an en fourreau style back anyway, I’m not going to worry about it. The bodice appears a bit wrinkly when it’s not all pinned down but in reality it does fit and smooth over my stays nicely. I think once it has a skirt attached - weighted down a bit - the results will be just fine.

*sigh* Can you tell I’m ready just to move on and have a finished frock? *chucks perfectionism out the window and smiles blissfully*


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padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: March 30th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC) (link)
It's looking good!!

BTW, the stays pattern and FIDM booklet came today - thank you so much!! :-)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 30th, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you and you are most welcome. Enjoy! :>
From: floorlamps Date: March 30th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC) (link)
Looks nice (at least, from this non-costumer's perspective). Glad you had a better day of it, eh?

jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 31st, 2005 07:59 am (UTC) (link)
*grin* Thanks Fwirl!

*sigh* I love good days... :P
elegant_musings From: elegant_musings Date: March 31st, 2005 06:02 am (UTC) (link)
Looks good so far! :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 31st, 2005 07:59 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks, I'm glad you think so! :>
dormous From: dormous Date: April 1st, 2005 08:34 am (UTC) (link)
"chucks perfectionism out the window"
But somehow it will turn out perfectly anyway!

Much as I love your projects I'm much more impressed at your photos. It's enough fitting myself without trying to take pictures of it. And yours are so clear and well-composed too.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 1st, 2005 09:17 am (UTC) (link)
Gee thanks! *blushes* :> Yeah, I think I'm getting the hang of taking my own pics with a mirror. It's a bit of a challenge sometimes but it's less hassle and twisting than fitting myself, I've discovered. :> Digital photo manipulation is a wonderful thing too.

I probably spend too much time on the photos but I'm such a visual person that it's a better reference and documentation of the process for me. I also find those sorts of pics incredibly helpful on other sites, so hopefully I'm returning the favor a bit. :>
dormous From: dormous Date: April 3rd, 2005 04:30 am (UTC) (link)
I'm a visual person and a perfectionist too. When I'm awake that is. I spent most of yesterday scanning pictures because I like them to be dead on straight and kept re-doing them. I had to be reminded that a little bit of wonkiness is OK. 'Fine, I'll take them as they are' I said. Then straightened them out in the graphics program!
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