|1885 Wool and Velveteen Day Dress|
This bodice started out as Truly Victorian TV420 1879 Cuirass Bodice, but it was too small for me and also too early for the bottom half of my outfit. 1879/80 was still very Natural Form, so it was never meant to fit over a bustle, and the pattern also had slightly dropped shoulder. It still served as a good start, and with hacking, taping, pinching, nipping, slicing, and smooshing, somewhat morphed into Truly Victorian TV460 1885 Cuirass Bodice, which I don't own, but need to (it would've saved me a lot of work!)
|The flat pattern. The two pieces on the left are the bodice fronts, showing the funky curve created for the black velveteen piece.|
|A quick fit and adjustment of the soft-paper pattern before cutting the final fabric.|
|On Victorian bodices I always do the front closure first, on the straight, and the darts last. I leave my darts un-cut, even though it creates bulk on the inside, because I may need to let the bodice out in the future.|
With the bones secured, I revisited the center back seam and the darts, and took in any additional areas that needed fitting. For instance, I needed to pull up the shoulder seams on the back pieces to remove some buckling, and pinch in a bit on the basque at the back so it lay a bit more smoothly over the bustle.
Lots of fitting. Lots.
|The final result is a bodice that fits really really well.|
|The only bit of color I wore with this outfit was a pair of coral drop earrings by K.Walters At the Sign of the Grey Horse - these earrings are part of a set I will be reviewing soon.|
|1885 Wool and Velvet bustle dress - done and fun!|