The dress got priority and tonight I’ve sewn a quick muslin of the top part. It isn’t that difficult, just a lot of pleats to fold before stitching the shoulder seams. As long as you mark all notches carefully, this is easy. I made this in a little over an hour (cutting and sewing).
But…. again I think they didn’t try the pattern before publishing. The right shoulder is ok. It will be difficult to sew the facing and I would have constructed it a bit different, and will do that when I sew it in fashion fabric. The left shoulder is not good. In the photo of our queen wearing the dress you can see that the left shoulder is a bit upright, but moves down again in the back.
I found this picture too, where the left shoulder is folded over.
Knip Mode’s version: very high and the edge of the facing (which of course is not added to this muslin) would be visible and there’s not enough room for folding.
My enthousiasm for the pattern has gone a bit. I like the right shoulder but would have to redraft the left shoulder part and the neckline. What do you think? Should this be a “normal” shoulder with perhaps one or two pleats. Would it make it more wearable? I know I have to add some space to the body, it’s too tight and the armholes have seam allowances that I did not cut off. With this result it will definitely not be ready before Easter.