The gown, and its accompanying bodiced petticoat and chemise, were entirely sewn by hand to my best understanding of period techniques -- lots of whips stitching and flat felling! The gown and bodiced petticoat (which might get its own post) were self-drafted with assistance from Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion 3. They're both made from lightweight cotton lawn sewn with cotton thread.
Surprisingly, the train of this gown has survived three outings in NYC!!
|Armhole bound with bias strip and detail of flat felled sleeve seam|
- front flaps pinned together
- front gathering closed with ties at top and bottom of gathering
- apron front is hiked up, apron ties are looped through fabric loops at back of dress and brought back to the front of the dress
- apron ties are concealed under the apron front and securely tied
- pins secure apron front to gathered panel
The chemise is also made of cotton and handsewn according to the Sense & Sensibility pattern. You can read more about my construction of the chemise here. This chemise has become my go-to pajamas and has survived many cycles through the washing machine! That's a testament to the strength of the almighty whip stitch!