This bodice is high necked for day wear, or can be cut a low square neck for evening events. The hem can be either straight across, or cut into the pointed extended waist popular in the 1880’s. This style is particularly suited to 1883-1889, with the shoulder cut higher up than the earlier eras. The small mutton sleeve is in 2 pieces, and can be made either full- or ¾-length. The ball gown sleeve is a small pouf. Drafted based on a tailoring method actually used in the 1880’s. Each size is hand drawn, not scaled, with all of the seams true to the era. This bodice is designed to fit snugly over a corset, and over a moderate sized bustle.
This pattern is available in two size groups, both are suitable for Bust 75 – 125cm = 30 – 50″. Please take your measurements: if bust measure minus waist measure is 7 inches or more, use size group A. If bust measure minus waist measure is less than 7 inches, use size group B.