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The Victorian Lady

Draping the bodice pattern of the low bustle gown is very similar to draping the Mermaid gown or Cuirass bodice. There are only two real differences: (1) the hem edge sits at the waist at the sides and extends to a point in the front (and sometimes the back); and (2) the CF seam (and sometimes the CB seam) might curve outward at the bottom.

From this point in history forward, draping techniques are relatively similar to those already discussed. Now that you have mastered the draping processes of the ancient Greeks through those of the late Victorians, you should be able to handle everything else through the turn of the century and into the next. By the second decade of the twentieth century, flat patterning and semifitted clothing (rather than custom-made to the exact size) becomes the norm.

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Draping Period Costumes: Classical Greek to Victorian  

Draping Period Costumes: Classical Greek to Victorian  

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