Posted by Marie-Bernadette on May 13, 1998 at 10:52:35:
In response to OOOH!Pretty!, written by Caroline on May 11, 1998 at 21:36:38
Looks like the "Jane " Dresses! Is this your manufacture, Jenny, or is it yours, Marie? All the details, please....fabric, trim, buttons, the lot!
Here are more details than you probably wanted to know. First, the picture on the left looks more like me than the pic on the right. The one on the right has a shadow across my face and I don't look quite like me. Plus my hair was a bit frizzy that day and not quite as curly as usual. (Ducking the tomatoes that people with straight hair are throwing!) I made the dress and accessories; Jennie was so kind as to post for me. The fabric is rayon that I bought at Wal-mart on the sale table for $1 a yard. It is not a period fabric but rayon does drape well as Jennie mentioned to me a while ago. The thing that I don't like about rayon is that it wrinkles terribly. Even damp it took me almost an hour and a half to iron. It looks rather pinkish in the picture but is actually a coral with a hint more of an orange tint. The trim is a coppery coloured satin riband. Hooks and eyes fasten the back. The pic on the right shows the details of the shawl more. Probably not a period fabric either, but plausible. The little fans have scenes on them-- on one, a gentleman in a frock coat is holding a lady's hand in a garden; one has a violin, sheet music and other instruments; on another there is a boy and a dog chasing a stag; another still shows an 18th c. couple dancing and some of the little fans are decorated with flowers or feathers. The fans are 2- 2 1/2 inches wide. I love the material and wish I had bought more! The shawl is fringed in black. I'm wearing white gloves. The reticule is a bit difficult to make out in the pic, but it is of the same fabric as the shawl. From the La Mode Bagatelle pattern I used the cross-over bodice and shaped skirt, never you mind what size. Since this picture was taken I have shortened the skirt by making two tucks around the hem just above the riband and lace. Above these two tucks I added a ruched trim of self fabric. I had to hem it because I kept tripping on it at a ball that I attended.
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