I connected the shoulder seams with tiny French seams and then ran the remaining length of edge lace around the back of the neckline and a length around each arm hole as well, with the small zig zag stitch I discussed in my notes and trimmed the fabric close to the seam. It was fast and easy and most importantly, authentic!
I then used a French seam to close the sides of the chemise as well, as can be seen in the next three photos.
|French Seam Step 1 on Right Side of Fabric|
|French Seam Turned And Pressed|
|French Seam Step 2 on Wrong Side of Fabric|
Next I prepared the placements for the snaps by reinforcing the fabric as the silk is very delicate. I folded the bottom of the crotch under twice, the correct width of the snaps, and stitched it into place.
Then I attached a small fold of fabric the width of the crotch to the center front for the receiving side of the snaps like so:
|Same Width as Crotch|
|Press Edges Under|
|Pin in Place|
Dont worry about finishing of the bottom edge as that is where the lace trim will soon be attached.
Finally I used the same zig zag stitch to attach the trim lace around the entire bottom of the chemise and trimmed the fabric as close to the seam as possible.
|Roll Lace Edge and Pin Down to Start|
|Trim Carefully As Close As Possible|
|See how nice and clean the finish is? |
The zig zag stitch prevents the silk from freying.
I hand sewed the snaps in place and she is done!! I am very pleased with how it turned out and believe it to be as close of a representation of a period chemise as possible. It is lovely and feminine and yet sturdy enough to tolerate frequent wash and wear. The end result can be seen here: Completed Projects
Next I will be posting notes and pictures of my extant corset that is, after my research, not exactly what I thought it was...