Well that was quick. This gown definitely holds the title of quickest full dress project I've ever completed. And I'm *so glad* I undertook it!
To recap, the gown is one huge rectangle of cotton voile, 165" long and 60" wide, gathered around the waist with one channel, and along the neckline edges. It's tacked to a cotton muslin underbodice at the back, shoulders, and under the arms. Here's Fresh Frippery's diagram again:
|Click through for Fresh Frippery's post on how to make this Chemise a la Reine|
|Shaped sleeve pattern - placing a two-piece sleeve pattern back-to-back|
|The ruffled collar on the Chemise a la Reine - optional, but I feel it gives it a finished look. Plus it covers a lot of my sins!|
Most importantly, it fits! It's adjustable, too! Good thing, because one of the gowns I planned to take wouldn't close for love nor money, so if I hadn't made this chemise, I'd be one gown short for the trip! Now I will stay cool and comfortable in the steam of Virginia.
I leave for Williamsburg in the morning, and will be sure to take pictures of this gown in action and share them with you when I return. :-)