Which it never is.
Except this one might really be.
|1780s Countess of Derby - via|
|The Princess de Lamballe, by Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun, 1782 - via|
|Emilie Seriziat, Jacques Louis David, 1795|
And that just won't do.
So what will withstand both heat and moisture? Cotton voile! I happened to have just enough for a full and fluffy Chemise a la Reine, so I studied the diagrams in The Cut of Women's Clothes: 1600-1930 , and on Fresh Frippery's blog, and set to it at 10:30 pm last night.
|Here's what it looked like before the waistline was gathered - a huge tent!|
|Now it's starting to look like a dress|
|The back pinned to the underbodice structure.|
- Cut and stitch in the sleeves - the trickiest part. I will be using slim, two piece sleeves.
- Sew the straps - I made a quick cotton foundation bodice that pins closed at front, under the gathers. The straps are part of it, so I just need to do the finishing "cover" with the voile on the outside.
- Level the hem - it's longer in front than back.
- Possibly add a neck ruffle - many gowns had them, so I may add one depending on time.
And that will be it! YAY!