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Historical Sewing Patterns (Women)

1860s Ballgown Bodice

1860s Ballgown Bodice

This bodice fits just off the shoulder for evening wear. It reaches to the waist and has a point in front and back. An optional gathered bertha trims the neckline. The closure is in the center back, with hooks and eyes.

The sleeve is a small pouf with a fitted lining. A double bow decorates the shoulders. This style is particularly suited to 1850-1873, but can be used for other periods as well. Heavy decorations at the neckline will give an elegant look to the bodice.

Sizing and Yardage Information:

All the sizes are included, as given below.


Fabric: 1 1/2 yards - 2 yards
Lining: 1 - 1 1/2 yards
Interlining: 1 yard
Bow fabric: 1/3 yard

Yardages given are with nap, and are approximate only.
For Interlining, use a heavy woven fabric like twill or denim.

Notions: eight 1/4" Bones; Buttons or hooks and eyes for closure.

Our Price (inc VAT): £13.42

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