Just a short update: my first mockup turned out like more of a compression garment, but after adjusting and redrafting the front of the body pattern, it’s looking really good. I still need to do the sleeves, but I’ll have a friend help me to drape them, and I think that the one pattern will suit both the inner and outer gown layers. Cutting the actual gown pieces: the linen lining tomorrow, then the wool once the lining is sewn and done as a firm mockup. I don’t yet know whether I’ll line the outer layer, or just the buttoned edges, for stability.
I also did more seam finishing & hemming on the shift- it’s become my portable handwork, and I expect that to be completed shortly.