Today I spent about six hours taking the pattern of the sacque and petticoat that will be displayed in Great, Strange, and Rarely Seen - so I thought I might post the rough draft up here for comments, critiques, &c. I'm going to redraw it in ink for the final version, move pieces around (rotate some), write directions in better handwriting, all that sort of thing, but is there anything that seems odd or confusing or messed up in some way?
NB - the linen isn't actually 90 wpi - I counted 15 per quarter inch and ... um ... I probably shouldn't do math in my head anymore. It's fixed on my pencil copy.
I'm especially interested in thoughts on dating - the information given with the ensemble when it was donated in 1915 says that it was worn by Anna Van Schaick at her wedding in 1775, but it simply doesn't feel that late to me (hence the "ca. 1765" in the post title). Thoughts? A picture of the trim and fabric below.
One last question. The side-back seam is definitely done with both pieces of linen and the back piece of the silk sewn together at the same time, and the front bodice piece lapped over the seam and sewn down with running stitches all the way through to the lining. I'm not quite sure what stitch was used in the first step, though. Here's a picture I took (click to enlarge) - the running stitch next to the seam is from the lapped piece, and the smaller stitches are the ones confusing me. Hopefully someone else has used a technique that looks like this and can identify it?
ETA: Another specific question! For the places around the armscye where (how to explain it) two seams cross and one goes into the seam allowance of the other - do you think the seam allowance should be indicated with a lighter line (as it is now), or would it be sufficient to explain in text?