I couldn't resist signing up for the pattern test. Did I actually have time to complete it without stressing myself out in the last couple weeks before we closed on our house and moved? Time would tell! But it was such a pretty dress design, and I had the perfect fabric already in my stash. . .
In keeping with the historical inspiration, this newest pattern was a modern take on the 18th century Chemise a la Reign - a rather loose, fluffy, ruffley style of dress, fitted with drawstrings and popularized by Marie Antoinette.
This modern version is a bit less fluffy and ruffley, but like the originals it has puffy sleeves - you can choose if you wat to make them long, short, or elbow length. I picked elbow length.
And all the shape comes from ties - not drawstrings per say, but a long sash that wraps under the bust, criss-crosses, and ties at the waist.
There's elastic in the top of the sleeves, and across the top edge of the back bodice. The top edge of the front bodice is gathered into a binding. My binding came out a bit too short, so I need to seam rip that and fix it for comforts sake. The length of the binding has been fixed in the final version of the pattern.
The pattern includes side-seam pockets. I made mine a bit bigger than the original pattern, because I like extra large pockets, but I greatly appreciate pockets being included!