1870's Ballgown Bodice Sewing Pattern
1870's Ballgown Bodice Sewing Pattern by Truly Victorian
This bodice fits just off the shoulder for evening wear. It has an extended waist, pleated basque, and a point in front. The closure is in the center front, with either buttons or hooks and eyes. The ball gown sleeve is a small pouf. This style is particularly suited to 1870 - 1876, but can be used for other periods as well. Heavy decorations at the neckline will give an elegant look to the bodice.
This bodice was drafted based on a tailoring method actually used in the 1870's. Each size is hand drawn, not scaled, with all of the bodice seams true to the era. This bodice is designed to fit snugly over a corset, and a bustle.
This is a heavy paper pattern, 1 sheet with 6 pieces. The instructions include information on customizing the pattern to match your particular measurements. The sewing instructions seem easy to follow, with some illustrations. There is also a page of suggestions for various trims.
One pattern fits bust sizes 30-56 and waist sizes 22-48. Please see back cover photo for sizing chart, fabric and notion requirements.