My finished Chemise a la Reine project. I made everything from the shoes up to that hat for this costume. Unfortunately my shoes were ruined in the unexpected rain storm the day before, so I'm not wearing them in this photo.
This photo was taken at a local park during a historical/heritage weekend event where I was volunteering.
Stays: Based on a pattern from Jean Hunnisett's Period Costume for Stage & Screen: Patterns for Women's Dress 1500-1800. Three layers, the top layer is a light blue toile de jouy (which, historically, is not appropriate for clothes, but I loved the pattern too much to resist).
Petticoat: Pale blue quilted petticoat.
Shift: Made from a cotton/linen blend.
Chemise a la Reine: Loosely based on the pattern from Norah Waugh's The Cut of Women's Clothes. Made out of voile. Fitted sleeve pattern from Jean Hunnisett's Period Costume for Stage & Screen: Patterns for Women's Dress 1500-1800. Sash made from hand dyed silk.
Hat: Made from a $2 straw hat I picked up from Goodwill. The brim is turned up at the back and secured with a pin and pearls. It is decorated with a cream box pleated ribbon, accented with a thin pink grosgrain ribbon, a white ostrich feather, a plump pink peony and pendant of pearls and diamond rhinestones, which I converted into a brooch. All of the details were hand sewn to the hat by me, except for the brooch which is pinned onto the peony.
Shoes: Refurbished black velvet boots into 18th century style shoes. Decorated with two kinds of black trim, a cream ribbon bow and silver cross brooches with blue cabochons.
Jewelery: Two pairs of earrings and a necklace disassembled and reassembled as a new single pair of earrings and pendant on a matching blue ribbon.