Thursday, 19 May 2011
Chemise a la reine
I made my first chemise a la reine in 2003; I have since made another one, and liked it enormously. Such an easy gown to make and very comfortable. I used the pattern from Norah Waugh’s The Cut of Women's Clothes: 1600-1930, more or less as it is- the only change in the actual pattern was a slightly bigger armscye. I also omitted the front opening and pull it over my head and the channels on the bodice. I find that works perfectly fine with just a sash to pull in the wrinkles.
My first was made in cotton that was a bit too heavyweight.
My second one was made of voile, which draped much better, but unfortunately I didn’t bought the fabric myself and forgot to specify that it should be pure cotton. The fabric is a cotton/polyester mix and feels it! So when I ruined it with a large splash on red wine that was impossible, I wasn’t too upset.
It's very easy to renew a chemise a la reine. A new sash and another hat is all it takes.
I have a third version cut out, this time in cotton gauze, but for some reason I haven’t got around sewing it all together. I probably should, summer is coming and it is the perfect 18th century gown for a hot day.