Anyways, I've always loved Medieval and Renaissance gowns, and decided that trying to make a pseudo-Medieval gown would be a good idea (more on that later). After doing a lot of research, I stumbled across this excellent blog and I also researched on Medieval undergarments. Hey, I might as well attempt to be somewhat accurate! So, she has a post on how to make a chemise. (For those of you who don't know, a chemise is also known as a shift or a slip. It's basically a nightgown women would wear under their dresses as an additional layer.) The post is kind of hard to follow, and I couldn't find any full size sheets to use. So, I decided to make do with an old pillowcase I found.
For this project, you'll need:
One white pillowcase (you can use two though)
White ribbon or white lace
Scissors, pins, needles, a seam ripper, and a measuring tape
Start by turning your pillowcase inside out. Now, take a look at it. There's an open end. There are two sides that are stitched together, and one side that's just the piece of fabric folded in half. We're going to rip out the seam in the side opposite the open side.
Start by cutting off the chain of knots. It should look something like this:
Now, I didn't take enough pictures, but you're going to hem this newly made edge. You're not stitching the fabric back together, you're hemming the two sides. So, fold it down about an inch and stitch the fold down. I had to do this by hand, but it would easy with a machine. This line doesn't have to be perfect, because this is on the inside of the pillowcase.
You should end up with this:
Very simple, but it'll get the job done.
Now, about this fit. The pillowcase was tight across my hips, and it gaped at the back. There isn't really a solution for that, but a safety pin to pick up the slack worked for me.
Well, I hope this was somewhat helpful. If you have a question, leave a comment!
Until next time! 👨👈❤👀😧😛