The Height of Artificial Silhouette
6. Depending on the design, you can either drape a standing collar or mark and cut out an open neckline. During the Tudor and Elizabethan periods, women’s necklines were often a low, wide square, which could have an upward curve at the CF. Sometimes the back of the neckline came to a point between the shoulder blades. To create the widest neckline possible, you can extend the armhole out a little in order to maintain a full inch of “shoulder strap” on which to sew the sleeve.
During this period and up until the middle of the nineteenth century, most skirts were made from straight lengths of fabric. The fabric can be either turned on the cross grain (if it is wide enough to reach from waist to hem plus room for petticoats) or several pieces of fabric, cut on the SOG, and sewn together along the selvedge edges. A good standard for a nice, full skirt is five yards around the hem.