Jenny La Fleur
blah I say! - Jenny La Fleur
adventures in costuming
blah I say!
To echo elizabethsdress last week, I have one word: sinus.

The spring here in Virginia is gorgeous but it is reeking havoc on my sinuses, causing those lovely week long migraines. *sigh* I was laid up most of yesterday feeling quite ill with a massive headache. I'm feeling better today but now I'm behind in everything I was supposed to have done yesterday. That means my sewing must be laid aside until I catch up. Okay, maybe not quite that long! :>

Even though I’m not working on it I have been doing a bit of thinking about the project. My problem at the moment is that I can't decide how I want to wear this outfit to Belmont. I purposefully made design choices in this frock so that I could utilize several looks, making it versatile. I can't decide if I want to go with:

a) late 1770s, with polonaise skirts, sleeve ruffles, an egg shaped hair style, cap that covers more head and a tilted shepardess straw hat
b) a mid 1780s, with simpler trim, no polonaise, the wide curly hair, smaller cap and wide plumed hat.

*sigh* I'm getting to the point were I actually have to decide where I want to go with this. Trouble is I like them both, both are appropriate for the occasion and I'll have the opportunity to do either later on as well. Other events with this group will probably be more 1770s but I could go all out for the 1780s at the October ball or Twelfth Night.

I hate decisions.

I do have a quick question for koshka_the_cat though. I was thinking covering my straw hat in silk using your excellent directions would be fun. I know you used China silk, but how much of it did you need for the hat? Thanks!

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elegant_musings From: elegant_musings Date: April 26th, 2005 08:30 am (UTC) (link)
Poor, poor Jenny. :)

My vote for the Belmont Tea is the 1770s look. You can do the wider hair (and much more work, I might add) and '80s style for another event. But then again, I am partial to polonaise styles (you know all about my recent changes of design!! :D). ;)

I think whatever you decide, it'll be very lovely and suit you nicely.

I'm very curious about the fabric to cover the hair question. I was about to e-mail Katherine about this, but I'll just wait and see what she says here. ;)
elegant_musings From: elegant_musings Date: April 26th, 2005 08:31 am (UTC) (link)
I meant *hat* not hair in the last paragraph. :p My allergies are getting to my head today--I feel like I've got cotton stuffed in my head. :p Blah.

Hope you feel better soon, btw...
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 26th, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC) (link)
Man, if I'd bet on what your vote would be I could have made some money! :> I'd definitely diagnose polonaise-on-the-brain in your case. *LOL* Thanks for your impute though, I do appreciate it as always. Compliments and flattery are always welcome as well. *wink*

I am curious to see what you come up with for your black stripe though. There are so many ways you could take it and all lovely… it’s a bit overwhelming or at least I found it so with my stripe. But then I hate decisions. :>
elegant_musings From: elegant_musings Date: April 27th, 2005 05:51 am (UTC) (link)
Polonaise on the brain? *looks innocent* I've pretty much decided on what I really want to do (combining two of my favourite 18th century styles--which is period ;), but I'm waiting until I've actually started on my stays to announce the design changes. :D

Good luck on deciding what to do... ;)
From: misscrabtree Date: April 26th, 2005 09:28 am (UTC) (link)
Well, first of all I hope you feel better soon. As for the dress choice, wow, both sound great...I suggest, do the simple one for the tea and then the fancy one for Ball. That way you have time to do the fancy work on whatever.

When the time is right, (like when will that be ... with Grad School and all) I want to make the same dress Katherine made, the pretty blue one she wore to Germany. Indifferent fabric though. I have some very nice red material with pretty yellow silk bees embroidered throughout the fabric...the pattern was orderd ages ago. Time is always a problem, and where the heck would I wear it lol. Ok, now I am rambling.
From: misscrabtree Date: April 26th, 2005 10:47 am (UTC) (link)
My allergies are getting to my head today as well. I meant, the "1880's dress seems simple at the same time softly elegent, so I suggest that one". And the other sentence should have read "the pretty blue dress she wore while in Germany".

Good grief, am I goofy today or what?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 26th, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC) (link)
Well at least I'm not the only one doing that sort of thing today! *wink* Thanks for your good wishes and your impute. :> You do have a good point there...

Oooh bees!! That fabric sounds dreamy. I love that pattern too - what a fun project! I'd love to make a similar dress one of these days.
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: April 26th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC) (link)
How much fabric? Uhh, let me think...

little square big enough for top, doubled over. 12 inches or so?

a width big enough to cover the brim, top and bottom, about 20 inches long? I'm pretty sure there's a join in there, so 40 inches long, when you double it?

yard and a half or so? I'm not quite sure :)

I have a roll of china silk, so just took some off it. Very convenient :)

Hope this helps? :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 26th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks much Katherine! That gives me a ballpark figure, which is what I was looking for. :>
jennil From: jennil Date: April 26th, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC) (link)
Holy cow! You had a partial bodice done when I left, and now look at you! Go you! It looks fabulous!!! :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 26th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC) (link)
*giggle* Thanks Jenni.

Yeah, it's amazing what I can accomplish when I get off my lazy butt! *grin* Now if I could just get back to it...
dormous From: dormous Date: April 27th, 2005 06:10 am (UTC) (link)
I know, I think Jenny-Rose must be Wonder Woman or something.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 27th, 2005 07:20 am (UTC) (link)
I wish!!! :>

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