Abby here again for more yummy 1820s Green Dress construction info & detail shots! If you missed previous posts you can check out the general observation & sleeve details, dating, and the story behind the dress if you just follow the links.
Today, I want to go through the bodice of the 1820s dress....
|Further down you see a few tacking stitches that seem to connect the lining to the fashion fabric where the piping is. You don't see this stitch on the outside of the gown.|
|My thumb is at the shadow of where the old hooks were on the bodice. You can see that they were inset by about 3/4" which allowed for an overlap placket.|
|Some fun piecing on the waistband of the bodice|
|Here's a detail shot of the bust dart, you can see that it is VERY long, and is top stitched/prick stitched from the outside. The stitches are about 18-20 stitches per inch!|
|And finally, we have the back. The curved "seam" is actually just decoration, and is created with folded silk and piping to give it it's structure.|
|Here's a better detail shot where you can see a bit of yarn popping out and where the trim is attached to the bodice, between the piping and the folded parts. You can also see how the placket lays in the back too, and how those stitches are visible.|