I've been modifying my surcoat dress this week.
I started with gathering the skirt. I made a strip of fabric with eyelets every inch, stitched it to the seam inside the dress, and ran rattail through it. If you pull the rattail tight it gathers nicely, but can still be worn without the gather.
The next step was the underskirt, which was made with a handkerchief hem pattern. It was really one of the fastest, easiest skirts I've put together. I still need to pick up the elastic for the waist and decide how to finish the hem. I would like to get this finished in time for the event this Saturday. Hmm, red trim on the hem of the underskirt or no?
After that, I think I might put together a hood, and I should probably make myself a new water bottle carrier. I do love the one my friend made me, but the aztec pattern clashes a bit with the medieval theme.