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TV442 - 1860s Ballgown Bodice

Score: 5.00 (votes: 5)

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.

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  • $12.75
  • Weight
    0.24 lbs
  • SKU

Sizing and Yardage Information:

All the sizes are included, as given below.

Sizing A B C D E F G H I J K L M N
Bust 30" 32" 34" 36" 38" 40" 42" 44" 46" 48" 50" 52" 54" 56"
Waist 22" 24" 26" 28" 30" 32" 34" 36" 38" 40" 42" 44" 46" 48"

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.


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Score: 5.00 (votes: 5)
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  • Emme
    Jun 10, 2018, 08:52 AM
    VERY good pattern. An excellent introduction to period fitting, with comprehensive, understandable directions on how to fit. Made the gathered bertha with the swagged ball gown skirt also produced by Truly Victorian, and found the process unusually enjoyable. The final product looked very lovely and I'll be revisiting this pattern again when I tire of my first ensemble.
  • Katherine
    Jan 30, 2018, 08:08 PM
    I made this top without the Bertha for my wedding dress and very soon after made another in dark green cotton with the Bertha just for fun! So easy to fit, so easy to make, and one of the most flattering shapes of bodice for any woman, in any era!
  • Charity Hoard
    Oct 29, 2017, 05:57 PM
    Easy to understand and use. Very easy to alter to fit.
  • Christa Nice
    Sep 15, 2017, 02:20 PM
    This was my first "period" garment, and the first sewing we've done in 20 years, so I wasn't sure if my mom and I were up to it, but it turned out beautifully. Probably the best thing about this pattern is the detailed fitting instructions. Once we took my measurements and worked out the pattern, the instructions helped me easily make adjustments to the pattern and when we made the muslin, it only took a couple small adjustments to make the actual bodice. I wore it to a Victorian Ball and everyone was impressed!!
  • Melly
    Apr 3, 2017, 03:18 AM
    One of my favs! I've made this bodice 5 times already! I highly recommand this pattern! I use it to go over my crinolines and tournures ^^

    Some examples on my blog if you're curious:à
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