I've opted for fitted low-necked white 100% linen smock and the slashes in the under sleeves are stitched in place so it's not necessary to constantly be pulling them through. I believe they did this in period- if you look at her wrist closely in the portrait you can see the smock sleeve is narrow and fitted and the ruffle/cuff is wider and lightly gathered to fit the wrist, but the under sleeves are wider than the smock sleeve even at the wrist, suggesting that the under sleeve did have faux slashes. The neckline is accented with hand-done blanket stitching (Although hard to see in this size picture of the portrait, her chemise neckline is the same as Jane Seymour's below. The cuff was gathered to the smock and the cuff hem was finished by hand so as no machine stitching was visible. The smock itself was made based on instructions on Drea Leed's site, with dropped shoulders and underarm and hip gores.
Posted by Noelle