Statens Museum for Kunst: Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg: The Nathanson Family 1818
Since I was going for fast and easy, I used a pattern I've had for a while as the basis. I went ahead and cut out full widths of fabric for the front and back pieces and pieced it together following the patterns instructions (from memory) and then measured my neckline. After cutting out a rectangle about 30 inches long and 5 inches wide, I started to gather the bodice. I used the "zigzag over thread" method of gathering that my Mam-ma used.
I was worried about getting the armband tight enough to stay up until I decided to use elastic cord and the place the lace over it. Check it out!
The Challenge: Lace and Lacing
Fabric: Indian cotton and cotton lace from my stash.
Pattern: Butterick 6196 (the shirt part)
Notions: Lace and elastic cord
How historically accurate is it? Its mostly hand sewn and the fabric is cotton - but I used elastic cord so I wouldn't have to tie it every time...
Hours to complete: about a day
First worn: Not yet
Total cost: <$10