Jenny La Fleur
I guess my day was going too well - Jenny La Fleur
adventures in costuming
I guess my day was going too well
Looks like it is a good thing I’ll be spending most of tomorrow in Richmond… I need a break from the sewing thing. I just tried on my linen petticoat, so Mom could mark the hem, and I’m not happy.

1. The super flat front doesn’t look good. Maybe if I was flat in front… but as it is, I need a bit more fullness there.
2. I’ve made the front section too small. Because of the way I’ve cut, sewn and attached the ties, there is no place to get extra fullness from without pulling the pocket slits to the front. Problem is they are already barely on the sides as it is.
3. This petticoat is going to be worn with a jacket on the 21st. I totally forgot about that fact when I was measuring, calculating and snipping. Drat. Obviously the too small issue is really a problem, since those slits are going to show.

*grinds teeth* So I can either just live with the slits where they are and take out some of the pleats in front to give me even gathers (and ultimately more fabric) in the very front or I can take both waistbands out and start again by cutting new slits. I’m thinking I’ll be able to simply whip the old slits together and hide them in the back fullness. I am very tempted to do the whole waistband redo, more work but a result I’ll be happier with. Of course Mom might kill me since she already pinned the hem. The linen was not being friendly either, so she was being really lovely to help me. *sigh*

Good news is the brown is very pretty with the dress. The color combination shouldn’t work but it does… I really like it. Well, I’ll have a few hours to escape, ponder and reflect on the issue tomorrow. I was starting to resent the hours taken away from my sewing time but now I’m glad. I love how these things work out…


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elegant_musings From: elegant_musings Date: May 10th, 2005 06:51 am (UTC) (link)
I'm sorry the petticoat is proving to be a pain! Hopefully the day spent in Richmond will do the trick, and in the mean time you'll think of some very clever method of fixing the problem (as you always do! :).

Good luck!
h_wimsey From: h_wimsey Date: May 10th, 2005 09:00 am (UTC) (link)
I usually find that the clever solutions come to me when I'm away from the work and thinking about something else. I think it has something to do with letting your brain relax instead of continually going at the problem.
From: floorlamps Date: May 10th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC) (link)
Taking a break usually helps me when I'm freaking out over some artistic or literary endeavor (provided I'm not, y'know, five hours to deadline or something. Aheh). You go chill out and leave the sewing behind for a while. I'm sure it'll do you good.

Hang in there.

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