Had a strange itch to sew today, so I tinkered with the Slipcover Kirtle pattern to make it work for this project. That previous kirtle ended up a smidge too loose the one time I wore it at an event, which irritated me. Took out the pattern and fussed with the straps and the armscye — that seemed to give a much smoother fit over my stays.
The muslin and lining versions looked nice, so I risked it and cut the fashion fabric. Sewed the top edges (bag lining, thankyouverymuch) and hand-sewed the armscye in.
Folded back and pinned the sides to judge where the lacing should be. Gave a little bit of a gap, just in case it turns out too loose again (or in the incredibly off chance I lose weight in the far distant future ;-). It’s easy enough to put a placket underneath the lacing.
Now the bodice is all set for some hand-bound eyelets. Joy.