Now, you might be wondering how the drawstring is going to get into those casings, since we didn’t so much leave a hole. Here’s one of my favorite sneaky tricks… In most cases, if you use a thin enough cord threaded on to a yarn needle, you can just push the needle into the casing and tug the cord behind it. It will part the threads of the chemise fabric slightly, making it’s own little eyelet (without stitches around it, of course). Yes, if you were doing everything right you could put eyelets in to the body and sleeves just past the seam allowance before you turned the edge back to make the casing. Since this whole pattern is a bit of a cheat, I didn’t feel the need to go the extra mile on authenticity. ;)
The only problem I’ve found with wearing a chemise made this way is that sometimes you try to put your arms in the sleeves, and it just doesn’t work. This happens when the body of the chemise is taking up most of the drawstring, so there’s a lot of gathering at the top of the sleeve and not a lot of sleeve head for your arm to go into. The solution to this is to redistribute the gathers so that there’s more cord over the shoulder area. This sounds easy, but is terrifically difficult when you’re stuck half way inside the chemise when you notice the problem….