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38 in


—the average


waist being 24 inches,


us take that


example this gives six inches for each front the chest measures at its widest part 20 inches, half this gives 10 inches, and the difference between the 10 inches of the chest, and the 6 inches of the waist, gives us the material for one or two plaits or gores, which must always be in the center, just under the bosom. Occasionally bodices are made with three gores, the plaits on them less in depth and closer together, and placed at equal distances one from the other. Three gores look well only on bodices destined for very stout for


Fig. 23.


If the bodice-front alterations should be


either too large or too small, the

made by decreasing

or increasing the

size of the gores.

To cut the back by measure, yve proceed in a similar manner. perpendicular line must first be traced (38), a second line, width of shoulder (i) a third line, width of back(2) and a fourth line (5), from the shoulder-top to the waist between these lines the curs^ed line of the neck, shoulder, armhole, and round of the back must be





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A Guide to Dressmaking - 1876  

19th Century Dressmaking techniques

A Guide to Dressmaking - 1876  

19th Century Dressmaking techniques