La Chemise (mit Frou Frous)
Added Sep 9, 2011
London, United K...
Non-commital Renaissance style billowing top with optional cuffs and rose and bib brooches.
The top itself is a hybrid of a Italian Renaissance raglan chemise pattern I found online and Burda Style 2010-02-117/118 . I doubled up the layer for the front and back to preserve my modesty, but kept the sleeves single layer for softness. There’s minimum cutting required – I used the full width of the 60" or so fabric for the body and half that width for the sleeves. See photo or my blog post for how it looked before the elastics went in
The cuffs and brooches were actually made from cut-offs from the sleeves – I had originally intended to make the sleeves double layered as well. Now it gives me extra options in how I wear it. See my second blog post for more pictures of different combinations
I usually stay away from billowy clothings and instead struggle with close-fitting projects. But this was a resounding success for me. I love the non-commital versatility and how well it works with different styling, like the vaguely country western styling photo here (worn with two other sewing projects – a scratch boucle pencil skirt and a stiff home-furnishing grade faux suede bolero).