This spectacular gown will be custom made for your unique measurements and snugness preference.
I’ve used a four-hoop slip and a bum roll for display purposes, both of which will be necessary to achieve this dramatic silhouette.
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!).
The primary fabric is a medium weight gold damask with a woven harlequin design. The shoulder treatments (epaulets) are made from black cotton velvet with a quilted diamond design.
Seven pieces of coated steel boning have been sewn in strategic places throughout the bodice, and two more pieces of poly boning have been sewn along the eighteen machined grommets in the back. Nine pieces of boning will provide sturdiness, support and a nice push-up and cinching effect. There is also a privacy panel (shown in the back view photo) to cover any gaping between the grommets.
The Split Overskirt
Has been embellished at the opening with more of the quilted velvet and painstakingly gathered into a three-inch waistband. The waistband utilizes a hook and eye closing system. It will be serge hemmed to your desired length, ready for final hemming by your tailor.
Is made with heavyweight tapestry chenille which coordinates perfectly with the other two fabrics. It is a wedge-shaped piece of fabric with a drawstring waist. It has been serge hemmed on the sides and bottom, ready for final hemming by your tailor.
The Chemise Blouse
The sleeves are made with a silk/cotton fabric in ivory. The cuffs are embellished with half-inch ivory venise lace. The elastic wrist is easily adjusted from the inside. The torso of the blouse (which doesn’t show) is made with lightweight cotton muslin.
The Bodice Jewelry
Is made with gold-plated brass findings, Swarovski pearls, and faux onyx cabochons. They attach to the bodice with neodymium magnets instead of pins, so they won’t harm the fabric.
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.