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The first side is made with a lovely brick jacquard fabric with a woven design in gold. It reverses to a beautiful basket weave fabric in brick and gold. Natural cording laces up the front through 14 grommets. The shoulder seams have been sewn but if you’d prefer grommets and cording (as in my other bodices, which make them a bit more adjustable), just let me know. The cording ends are crimped with aiglets for ease of threading and a nice, finished look.
This very sturdy bodice is designed to achieve the period-correct conical figure (no darts or princess seams) by pressing the chest and stomach flat and squeezing the bosom up above the neckline. (Unfortunately, my dress form can’t “squish”, but hopefully you get the idea!). It has 8 pieces of supportive boning (a combination of spring steel, spiral steel and heavy poly…not that bridal stuff) and is interlined with heavy weight interfacing. What does all this mean to you? Superb support, comfort and excellent durability for many years of wear.
The tighter the fit, the more “push up” and “cinching” effect achieved.
The Split Front Cotton Skirt
Is made with four full yards of brick colored 100% cotton fabric in a cool, comfortable weight (not a poly/cotton blend which has a distinct synthetic sheen in the sunlight). It has a drawstring waist for the perfect fit. (I prefer drawstring to elastic in the skirts of my own costumes since they can be worn very tightly under a gown or bodice without riding down.) Circumference is a full 144″. Serge hemmed to desired length up to 43 inches.
The Crinkle Gauze Skirt
Is full and flowing. It’s made with 100% cotton crinkle gauze in antique gold. It has a drawstring waist for the perfect fit. (I prefer drawstring to elastic in the skirts of my own costumes since they can be worn very tightly under a gown or bodice without riding down.) Circumference is a full 144″. Serge hemmed to desired length up to 43 inches.