The skirts of a seventeenth century gown were separate from the bodice, which makes things simple from the start. Not only will you not need to mess about attaching skirt to bodice, you’ll also have the beginnings of a mix-and-match wardrobe.
As you can see, there seem to be two skirts:
You have four options as to how to go about creating this look in a convincing way:
The first, red pirate gown just had a panel as an underskirt effect, but for the Black Pearl I went with option 1 and made two full skirts. The fabric I was using wasn’t expensive and I didn’t like the restrictions that the underskirt panel imposed. With the Black Pearl I was able to pin the overskirt up in a huge variety of ways, or omit it altogether. In other words, if you make a skirt with a panel, you have a skirt. If you make the two skirts, you have infinite variety.