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Topic: Anyone know what this style of bodice is called?  (Read 1561 times)
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« on: February 09, 2014 12:37:38 PM »

I want to make a bodice like this, but I'm having trouble finding patterns/diys/guides.

It's Queen Alexandra if that helps.
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2014 12:22:55 AM »

You should check out Past Patterns and see if they have anything. They cover the right period: http://www.pastpatterns.com/

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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2014 07:46:10 PM »

it looks like it's got straight-ish princess seams running from waist into armhole.

If I were making it, I'd start with a basic princess bodice, adjust the seams to match, and make up a vest for the main part, then add the neckline draping and sleeves.

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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2014 05:15:16 PM »

That picture was taken in 1889. She was from Denmark. I think that is UK.

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"The cuirasse bodice of 1880 reached the hem actually becoming the princess panel dress.  It made an exceptionally form fitting draped sheath dress which was elongated even further by the train.

The slimline style needed good dressmaking skills to get a flattering fit. When done well it was attractive, but all too often swathes of fabric were wrapped and arranged across the garment in an effort to disguise poor dressmaking skills. It was not a very practical garment and only really suited to the very slim and those who did not have to work. As a fashion it barely lasted 3 years."

Hope that helps in your search for answers. I just kept googling a multitude of keywords until things popped up.
I got that one with "Queen Alexandra dress pattern 1889". You might try ebay a similar way, and find what you are looking for. I can't remember all the other prompts I attempted. I just keep stabbing the keys with words, and put things on the image setting until I see the darn thing.  Cheesy

Hope this helps.


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