My chemise is cream linen & I followed the instructions from Jen Thompson’s page
purchased Period Patterns 41 since I am not talented enough to draft my own
To get the look I wanted I have used the bodice & skirt pattern for View I, the 2 piece
sleeves for View V. I later went back & made a second pair of sleeves Using VII & the Tabard in View III to
switch out when we got ready for that Ball at Coronation.
fabric I chose is a dark wine colored antique satin from the flat fold
section at our local Joanne Fabrics - I used approximately 8 of the 9 yards I purchased.
stiffen the bodice I use a double lining of Weavers Cloth. This does give wonderful
support & lies very smoothly. But it is a real bugger putting in
grommets down the back. Thank goodness I have Brad; he finished them all for me! I then covered each of the grommets with matching
I cut out the panels for the
skirt but decided it didn’t seem to flow enough so I added 3 more panels &
box pleated it to the Bodice. As far as I can tell box pleats are Period
just not as widely documented as cartridge pleating.
Now my gown is all together, time to find
trim & work on the finishing touches
trim for gown had to be black, little did I know a simple design in black is hard to find. I eventually found one on e-bay, but decided to look some more because it was very
pricey! I kept wandering back to e-bay & decided this was THE Trim. I knew I wouldn’t be happy with anything else so I bought it.
While waiting for my trim to arrive I tackled the problem of what to do for attaching the sleeves . My fingers were sore from covering grommets so I decided lacing rings would be the way to go. I found Metal ones with no split in the drapery supplies at Joanne’s (the ladies know me on sight now I think). Attaching rings is mindless specially when sitting in front of the TV. Now how on earth am I going to tie the sleeve pieces together?
I solved this dilemma by making
ties out of 1/4 inch black satin ribbon and aglets from straight pins with decorative heads (used to make earrings) strung with Onyx & Ruby glass beads for weight.
trim arrived I attached it in stripes down each sleeve piece & around the Skirt about 6 inches from the hem. The trim is synthetic & very stiff so I was not able to get it to lay right around the neck line so I omitted it there.