I've decided this may be the year that I finally go as the ghost of Marie Antoinette for Halloween. I'm starting to look around for a court gown pattern & know the people on here will have some leads. So far, the best-looking prospect I've found is the sacque gown from Reconstructing History with the sides expanded to fit the Royal Court Hoopskirts from Cinderella's Closet, which measure 45 inches across. I'm no great tailor, & I'll be going more for drama than for authenticity, so I consider the mainline patterns- Butterick's & Simplicity & such- but their patterns seem like they require more fiddling to expand to the proper hip width. Any tips?