One of our members Marion has started to construct an Elizabethan gown. With her permission, I have used her photos to document her progress on it.
She is basing it off the Pattern Simplicity 3782, doing the collared dress on the left in the picture. The fabric she is using is a furnishing fabric, these are usually the only ones available that have the patterns necessary for historical costumes.
The first thing is the bodice, which is fairly straightforward. She cut this using the vertical lines of the fabric pattern. Then adding the sleeves and a green fabric was used as the contrast on the collar when the bodice was finished.
Next up it is time for the skirt, showing in the detail the construction of cartridge pleats.