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Yesterday I started cutting out my pattern and fabric pieces of the 1790s chemise en robe by Laughing Moon. I've always wanted a chemise en robe with lots of beautiful silk sashes, and recently I've been really wanting to start one of my first costumes, so I couldn't resist beginning it yesterday with some muslin I purchased a while back from Abakhan. I've got clothing to make for my upcoming holiday in Florida, but for the moment I've put that on the backburner after making a dress and a top - my costume is calling!
Here's what the pattern looks like:
I'm hoping to create view B with the fully gathered bodice and a train. It would be heavenly to wear this around the garden in summer, or going to a costume event!
And my to-do list:
- Purchase some white linen or cotton for the lining (it's the lining, so I'm not going for full historical accuracy).
- Put together the dress
- Make a chemise for wearing under the stays
- Make or buy another set of stays. I tried mine on yesterday evening and I'm really not happy with how they look or fit - they don't give me a very defined conical shape, and some of the boning sticks into me, plus, they're messy and more Elizabethan than 18th Century.
- Possibly make another taffeta or silk sash, maybe in pink or blue. I already own one in black that I made from the remnants of my 18th Century petticoat for another outfit.
- Make some plain white 18th Century petticoats! (basically all the underpinnings)