I have finished another chemise this time though, for a different dear friend and using a different pattern. It really is more fun to use different patterns! Makes for more interesting sewing.
Once you have used most of the 19th century chemise patterns out there, I think a person comes to realize that they are generally the same! A wide neckline, short sleeve with facings and a generous body contained in a band is really all they are. Some are easier to follow as far as there instructions go and others are better at sizing.
I have to say that this is not my favorite pattern as of yet and while I do like the outcome, I don't know if I would use it again. I am concerned that the neckline might be too large (and cause the chemise to slide off the shoulders) and the sleeve bands too small (just uncomfortable!)! I won't know until the recipient trys it on and gives me some feedback of course, but even if it does work, I didn't really like the instructions either. It really is quite pretty but I think I would rather use something like Simplicity 9769 instead. With all that said, here are pictures! I didn't change anything except to not put so many tucks in the front as was called suggested. I hope it will be less bulky that way.