The Build Your Own Ensemble allows you to select both the front and reverse side of the fabrics for your bodice (from the ones shown only in this listing), as well as the skirt color. I’ll be adding more bodice fabrics as they become available. If you don’t see a skirt color you like, email through the Contact Me form and I’ll let you know what other colors may be available. Include your fabric preferences in the NOTES section of your Paypal payment. (Or you can email me too.) Please keep in mind that a tiny bit of the reverse side fabric may be visible around the edges, so I recommend selecting bodice fabrics that complement each other.)
Natural (or black) cording laces up the front through 14 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. It has 8 pieces of supportive boning (a combination of coated spring 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. (All the fabrics I use for these bodices are medium to heavy weight upholstery fabric.)
As with all my bodices, sewn shoulder seams are available upon request, but the bodice will no longer be reversible.
The Cotton Skirt
Is made with four full yards of 100% ‘Dream’ Cotton fabric in a light-medium weight. 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 44 inches.
Chemise blouse sold separately.