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      I finished the gown without     an underskirt in November 1997. 
After I studied the “Armada” portrait in detail, I noticed that the undersleeves and the underskirt had matching embroidery motifs and patterns. I decided to split the overskirt and add an 

Hem detail.

Elizabeth I . “Armada” Portrait c 1588-89 
The metallic braid that edges the jeweled ribbon down thebodice and overskirt continues around the parameter of the 
entire hem. The braid is pearled 

The final version