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Ultimate Sewing Challenge

Party like it’s the 17th century

Front view of the ensemble-- this outfit includes a chemise, bodice, bumroll, underskirt, overskirt, and beret

This ensemble would be a great outfit to wear to a theme/costume party! 

To make my Scottish ensemble, I used commercial patterns but researched ways to modify them to make the garments more period accurate. 

This outfit could have belonged to an upper-class Scottish lady who lived in the late 16th to early 17th century.  

Muffin Cap:  Basic Elizabethan/renaissance cap from McCall’s 4806.  This pattern required no modification because it is suitably period-accurate.

Chemise: The pattern I used was Butterick 6196.  I replaced the elastic called for in the pattern with ribbon.  Elastic is not period-accurate.  I changed the neckline to a front opening to tie the ribbon.

 Bodice:  For the bodice I used McCall’s 4696.  The side grommets in the pattern are unnecessary, and leaving them out makes the bodice more historical than fantasy.  I also added shoulder caps, which were a trademark of Elizabethan bodices.  This style remained common throughout the early part of the 17th century as well.  Shoulder caps were also a practical necessity, because they hid loops for attaching sleeves, which were tied in (I did not include the detachable sleeves in this outfit, although view D of the McCall’s pattern is easily modifiable to make accurate sleeves).  

Roll: the bumroll was made from Simplicity 3782.

Petticoat: My underskirt was made using Butterick 6196.  This is a basic skirt that uses proper gathering techniques.  I also added two pockets, because it’s a practical and logical thing to have in a skirt 🙂 

Overskirt: Used Simplicity pattern 3623.  

Thanks for taking a look!






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  1. margaux777 | | #1

    chest area? adore what u doing and 17th cent is 2 centuries out of my millennium but what is the bodice? just curious

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    KBthreads | | #2

    The bodice is the part of the dress (excluding sleeves) that is above the waist. Thanks for asking!

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