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 made with lovely woven tapestry fabric in plum, taupe and a hint of blue. It is embellished with a peplum and shoulder treatments made with a coordinated plum basket weave fabric.(epaulets). Cording laces up the sides through silver grommets.
The cording ends are crimped with aiglets for ease of threading and a nice, finished look.
It is lined with heavyweight fabric, interlined with heavy decor weight interfacing and contains 7 pieces of supportive steel boning. 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 Skirt is very full and made with a taupe linen and rayon blend fabric which drapes beautifully and doesn’t wrinkle as badly as 100% linen. It has a drawstring waist, with grommets reinforcing the drawstring opening. It is serge hemmed to your desired length.