30 Nov 2009

Time for the rush

I knew something was wrong with my last finished project, the 1809 gown, that I finished more than one week before the event to which it would be worn. this was a most disturbing experience and I promised myself it would never happen again.

And I always try to keep my promises, so here I am, with less than a week left to finish the IKEA pet-en-l'air I have been hinting about so that it can make its première on the Christmas dinner.

For once, I have some progress pictures (with bonus views of our messy living room!)

Since I made myself a new pair of stays my dress dummy Glendora 2.0 no longer works as she is supposed to for fittings and mostly serves as a glorified clothes hanger. I can assure you that the pet-en-l'air looks much better on me.

OK, mostly the same picture, but you can see our messy living room better in this one.

What the ruching looks like, but I see that I could have done a better job in this spot. Will fix that.

I did add some more ruching to it after the pictures were taken, but this is pretty much how far I have gotten.

Left to do:

- Add hooks and eyes to one side of the stomacher (the other side is sewn to the bodice. I have no idea if this is anywhere near period correct but it saves my sanity. I can't pin stuff to save my life and that's why you never should walk around bare foot in our livingroom when I've been sewing).

- Add some kind of trim to the stomacher. I don't know what kind yet though.

- Add ruching to the sleeves and all way 'round the bottom edge of the pet-en-l'air.

- Possibly add a flounce to the petticoat (that I thankfully finished months ago!) but this depends on whether I have the time and if I have fabric enough left.

Those plans I had on making a better pair of pocket hoops and a nicer under petticoat simply will have to wait.

I should easily make it if I only put some effort into it. Last week I tried to make some sewing every evening, even if it was only a couple of stitching, just to feel that I was going somewhere. It's not that I don't want to sew, because I do, but I'm usually very exhausted from work and to be honest, I haven't had much love for this pet-en-l'air for some reason (and sometimes it's also very tempting to play Age of Empires III over LAN with you husband and ignore everything else, including housework. We got a new computer not long ago, you see...)

When this business is finished, I have a brand new project of lovelyness waiting for me. But more about that later.


  1. it's looking SO fantastic! I'm getting costume envy....

  2. I'm sure you will finish it in plenty of time. I love the fabric. It's always nice when you can recycle fabric from projects that just didn't work out.

  3. Det ser väldigt bra ut! *Klappa händerna.* Jag är säker på att den kommer att bli väldigt fin.

  4. It looks pretty darned great to me! And hey, your living room looks identical to mine! I should tell my husband I am not alone in my sewing nest-ness.

  5. Oh, it looks very pretty.Love the ruching!
    The deadline for my pet en l'air is new years eve, we'll see if I make it :)

  6. Thank you ladies :) I'm late with replying but I DID finish it on time!

    Robin: I don't know how my husband puts up with me and the mess I make.

    Lithia: Now that you have a working toile the rest will be a jolly walk in the park!

  7. Sorry for the late comment, but I just wanted to say how lovely this looks! Love the rouching and it somehow looks like it would be really comfortable, which probably sounds silly, but hey, that's what I thought when I saw the first pic. Lovely work!