Tonight I was checking my costume collection and thought I'd share this 1840s bodice with you. Its one of my favourites, and one that I'd love to replicate one day when I find the "right" fabric and when my weight loss stabilises. I'll take photos of the skirt another day, but in the meantime, here is the bodice.
You can read about the matching skirt here. A limited-attendance workshop is planned for early 2012 - you'll get to see this garment up-close and make a reproduction for yourself. Send your expressions of interest to Aylwen.
|Showing where the front decoration is attached.|
|Looking inside the sleeve, note the raw edge to the seam? This is very common in Victorian and regency gowns in my collection.|
|Inside the bodice|
|Closer view of a cuff, opened out|
|Close up of front bodice|
|Showing the piping on the sleeve|
|Back view of hook and eyes, closed|
|View from the top|
|Bodice and sleeves|