UPDATE 10-6-17: My current lead time is about 3 weeks. Please use the Contact Form if you have any questions.
The fabric used in this gown is long gone but I have many other fabric and trim options. Please contact me to discuss what you’d like. I’m always happy to send swatches.
This gown includes five separate pieces: the bodice, overskirt, underskirt, chemise blouse and modesty panel. It will be made to your measurements and snugness preference.
The 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 is embellished with a tabbed peplum and tabbed shoulder treatments. Cording laces up the back through 20 grommets. The cording ends are crimped with aiglets for ease of threading and a nice, finished look. It is lined with heavyweight upholstery fabric, interlined with heavy decor weight interfacing and contains 9 pieces of supportive boning (a combination of spring steel, spiral steel and heavy weight poly). This bodice is sufficiently supportive and sturdy so no additional underpinnings (corset) are necessary. The tighter it’s laced, the more “push up and together” effect you’ll get. The neckline is designed for displaying a lovely decolletage.
The Overskirt This split panel skirt has been painstakingly gathered and attached to a matching waistband to eliminate bulk at the waist. It closes with hook and eyes. The bodice will cover the waistband and the gathered skirt will ‘pop’ just below. The openings of the split front have been embellished with more of the lovely venise lace. Serge hemmed to your desired length.
The Underskirt Is made with a a front panel of two layers of embroidered taffeta in a pretty champagne color and two more panels of natural muslin. Drawstring waist with reinforced openings for the cording. Serge hemmed to your desired length.
The Chemise Blouse Is made with a beautiful allover lace fabric in white or butter ivory. Historically, the higher the social class, the more pristine the chemise which is why I opted not to dye or tea stain this fabric, but that would certainly be an option for the wearer. It is a cotton poly blend and boasts extra full sleeves with a feminine scalloping at the ruffled wrists. Neckline adjusts with drawstring ribbon.
The Modesty Panel Is a rectangular piece which perfectly matches the bodice and is designed to lay under the cording. This allows the wearer to loosen the cording without showing the underlying chemise and also allows for more size options.
The gown is displayed with a bum roll and hoop slip, both of which will be necessary in order to achieve this look. They are not included in this purchase.