Another suggestion was the make the back pieces less full, which I did as well. I squeaked by!
I flatlined the sleeves in cotton organdy so that they would retain nice pouf all day, but failed to take any more mannequin photos.
I wanted a "double pie frill" chemisette since it was a daytime event, so between the chemisette in the Simplicity 4052, and the collar instructions in Janet Arnold Patterns of Fashion 1, I came up with this
The gown was done! Now as a middle aged married woman (omg when did THAT happen?!), I needed a cap. All the fashionable married ladies (and unmarried ladies of a certain age) wore caps (see more examples here)
so I picked up the Country Wives Caps of the Upper Crust and made View B "Marjorie". It made up really fast! I used some cotton swiss scraps (Shabby Chic sheer embroidered curtains from Target) I had left over from a previous project as I liked the look of the sheer, embroidered caps.
Here's the outfit in action
May I pass you a cup of tea?
Cameo swag necklace by In The Long Run Designs