The first side is made with a lovely woven paisley jacquard. It reverses to another elegant jacquard fabric in off black, red and gold. Black cording laces up the front through 14 black 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 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 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 Cotton Skirt
Is made with four full yards of black 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. Circumference is a full 144″. Serge hemmed to desired length up to 43 inches.