ALL FABRICS ARE DARKER THAN THEY APPEAR IN THE PHOTOS. I’ve lightened the photos to show detail. Chemise blouse is not included.
The first side is made with an enchanting dark grape jacquard fabric which has been embellished (in a figure-flattering manner) with black venise lace. It reverses to a fabulous distressed black faux suede which has a ‘wrinkled’ appearance…some of the most interesting fabric I’ve ever had. 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 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…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.
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. (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 inches.
The Mesh Overskirt
Is made with a stretchy sheer mesh fabric which drapes beautifully and can be tucked under the bodice in any number of ways. It can be distressed and tattered (by you) to achieve an even more authentic ‘witch’ look.