Jenny La Fleur
bits & pieces - Jenny La Fleur
adventures in costuming
bits & pieces
shoe cockades:

I have a series of pics for a tutorial of how I made these, but I’ll post that after my deadline. *grin*

linen petticoat:

Finally finished – yay! The first pic is sans ruffle. After much prodding from the sister I went ahead and added the gathered ruffle after all. It does look nice but what a pain! I’d like to add a band of matching grosgrain ribbon, to cover my stitches but I don’t see that happening today, especially since I don’t have any narrow brown grosgrain ribbon on hand. The petticoat is nicely washed, softened and hanging up to air dry. Once it’s dried a bit I’ll iron it for tomorrow.

hat & hair:

The finished hat! :> I’m very pleased, thinking it turned out quite pretty. It would not have happened without Bridget’s help though. I am seriously millinery challenged but luckily she is not. I pulled together the elements (everything but the silk changeable ribbon swiped from the stash) but could not figure out how to arrange them on the hat in a pleasing way. All the credit for that must go to my long suffering sis. She pinned in place and I sewed it all on. Thanks Bridget!! :>

The hair test also calls for kudos to my talented sis. She patiently curled my hair in soft curlers before bed last night and then worked her magic on the set curls this morning. I’m really happy with the results. It’s not really “me” but it looks period, which is more important. It turned out to be quite easy to do as well. The trick is small curls, fluffed by pulling each curl apart several times to create volume. A few combs, hair pins and a hair extension and viola – big hair! The extension doesn’t need to be curled after all (which is nice) although I do need to tack down that bottom knot…

On to those wretched bodice hooks…

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elegant_musings From: elegant_musings Date: May 14th, 2005 10:05 am (UTC) (link)
Wow! I love the hat--very cute. :) And the hair, you're right: it's not quite 'you', but is very period. Now I can't wait to try a similar style for myself!! :)

The petticoat looks really stunning with the dress. I'm sure you're really excited (and happy) to see everything finally coming together. Beautiful!!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 14th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC) (link)
Yeah, I'm interested to see the "big hair" on you too. *snicker*

Thanks - glad you like everything. As always, I'm a little shocked when everything actually comes together, and so well. I can't wait to try it all on at the same time tomorrow!
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: May 14th, 2005 10:32 am (UTC) (link)
Everything is looking so good!!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 14th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks Maggie! :>
isiswardrobe From: isiswardrobe Date: May 14th, 2005 10:39 am (UTC) (link)
It all looks great. I hope you will have lots of fun!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 14th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much! *grin*
jennil From: jennil Date: May 14th, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC) (link)
Um. . . Can I have your sister? Seriously. Because I can't do hair at all, and I doubt my husband or kitty can help me. ;P

Well, it all looks just lovely! I think the ruffle was worth it, looks great. And such a cute hat! Oh, Jenny, you're going to look so fabulous!!!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 14th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC) (link)
No way - hands off! She is mine, all mine!!! *evil laugh*

Thanks. :> Yeah, I'm glad I did the ruffle, it's kinda fun to wear. :> I can't wait to see everything together! :>
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