In the mid-19th century people sometimes wore more clothes to bed than they did while awake. Particularly if they might be receiving visitors (doctors, etc.), in which case it was as important to be well-dressed in bed as it would be out. Not that Emmie would care about such things, but modesty would dictate she at least be covered up and not just in a chemise.
I chose for her a plain negligee, which in those days usually meant a robe with a sash made of light (and occasionally sheer) fabrics. Most were heavy on the ruffle/lace/and decorative side, but Emmie's tastes are rather plain, so she wouldn't likely dress something like this up too much.
I did a very messy paint job on this piece (was fighting with the paint and a new brush for some reason), but I am nonetheless pleased that what I perceived as a somewhat slapdash attempt actually looks all right! While it is hard to scan watercolors, the scanning process can be forgiving of major muck-ups, too. Only had to do a little digital touch-up to fix a bad streak. Bet you can't even tell where!
Once again, I think Emmaline's clothing is generally geared toward the practical for the most part. She comes from a family of modest means and in the late 1850s James is employed as a schoolteacher, primarily, though does a little architectural and engineering consulting on the side. They are not wealthy people at this point.
I suppose I should have made her some slippers, but she wouldn't be wearing them in bed, so I sorta forgot. I will try to do some later and add them to the final .pdf version.
Speaking of which, I am sill trying to figure out how to best .pdf these dolls for you amusement. I have some samples posted to the gallery at the moment, but I am using them to test some things. I will make a big screaming announcement when the actual final versions are up.
More to follow!