It's a 1780s turque - an open robe that, in this case, is worn over my chemise gown. It's a bit of retroactive research; I really liked the style of a particular dress worn by the Duchesse de Polignac in the film Marie Antoinette, and poked around in portraits and fashion plates til I found enough similar things to justify it! Turques do seem to be more along the lines of proper fitted-front gowns rather than over chemises, but I've been assured by People Who Know that I'm allowed to call it a turque, and that they won't throw me out on my ear for it! Yet.
No wig also meant no hat, as my 1780s straw is decidedly meant to go with Big Hair, and won't stay on my head with a smaller style! I was very generous with sunscreen and seem to have mostly escaped toasting though. And Allaire is full of lovely shady trees.
LittleBits on etsy (I love her shop and can only restrain myself by reminding myself that there's only so much stuff I can put on my hair and my face at one time...), applied relatively lightly - because I currently do it with a powder brush and only have so much patience for my hair! This mess took about an hour, between all the pinning up and powdering. My front hair is much longer than is desirable for 1790 hair!
The turque is hand sewn, and made of a lightweight blue linen. The bodice is lined in white linen; the sleeves are unlined.
I don't remember anything particular about the construction, except that this past week I discovered that I'd sewn the left shoulder strap with the armscye curve going over my shoulder instead. Ooops? Well that would be why it fit slightly oddly! Decided it was less work to take a tuck in the lining and just smooth the blue linen over it, than unpick the whole thing and resew it. The sleeves were mostly attached at that point, so...
|"I'm hot and my sleeves are wadded up."|
|"These stays are made for lounging...er, not really."|
|"I like your garden!"|
|"Hellooo, anyone at home? Oh...the doors are sealed shut. I guess not."|
|Good thing frizzy hair isn't a crime in the late 1780s...|
|"I have so much SKIRT! I have skirt wings!!"|
|"Wheeeeeeeee!!" Prancing. I does it. :)|