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The first side is made with a STUNNING, heavy weight striped black and lavender crushed velvet fabric. It reverses to a luxurious black suede fabric which has been embellished with black, gold and orange metallic jacquard trim. (Because of the plush nature of crushed velvet, a tiny bit of the fabric shows around the edges when the bodice is worn suede side up, as shown in the photos.)Black cording laces up the front through 14black grommets and at the shoulders through 8 more grommets. 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) and is interlined with heavyweight interfacing. What does all this mean to you? Superb support and excellent durability for many years of wear.
The tighter the fit, the more “push up” and “cinching” effect achieved.
The Cotton OverSkirt
Is made with four full yards of black 100% cotton fabric in a cool, comfortable weight (not a poly/cotton blend that has a distinct synthetic sheen in the sunlight). It has a split front to allow the underskirt to show. 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″.
The Crinkle Gauze Skirt
Is what makes the ensemble really special. It’s made with three different colored panels of soft, lightweight, breezy cotton crinkle gauze. There is a light pumpkin panel, a lavender panel and a taupe panel. This gives you three skirts in one! Also made with a drawstring waist with a reinforced opening. (When I wear two skirts, I prefer one of them be lightweight gauze so there is less bulk at my waist.) Circumference is144″. Serge hemmed to desired length up to 43″. This skirt will go with so many other pieces in your garb wardrobe!