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The first side is made with a lovely jacquard fabric with a woven design in purple, gold and mauve (the mauve is more prevelant on the back). It reverses to an elegant deep purple suede fabric which has been embellished (front and back) with lovely purple, emerald and gold jacquard trim at a figure-flattering angle. Cream cording laces up the front through 14 gold grommets and at the shoulders through 8 grommets for easy torso adjustment. The cording ends are crimped with aiglets for ease of threading and a nice, finished look. The interior is lined with heavy decor weight interfacing and contains 8 pieces of supportive boning (a combination of spring steel and poly). What does all this mean to you? Superb support and excellent durability while still being reasonably comfortable.
This very sturdy bodice is designed to achieve the period-correct conical figure 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!). YOUR chest and waist measurements should be at least the same as the Bodice and can be up to 3 inches LARGER.
The tighter the bodice, the more “push up” and “cinching” effect.
is made with four full yards of deep purple 100% cotton fabric in a cool, comfortable weight (not poly/cotton broadcloth which has a distinct synthetic sheen in the sunlight). The skirt will be a great addition to your garb collection. 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.) The drawstring openings are reinforced with grommets for durability. Circumference is a full 144 inches. Serge hemmed to desired length up to 43 inches.