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Ninon’s dress: covering the bodice

With my bodice finally fitted, boned, and adjusted for non-dorkyness, I could turn my attention to covering it with the fabulous golden yellow duchesse satin (aaAAAAAAAh). I had originally planned to cover the bodice with pieces cut exactly the same as the boned support, so there would be four pieces for each half of the bodice. Then I looked at some of the my inspiration images, and realised that many of them had eliminated the curved side-front seam. You can clearly see the front seam, but Mary’s frock has no curved side seams. It’s impossible to tell if the lady of the Walking Couple has a front seam, but it definitely doesn’t have a side seam. My original inspiration image of Elisabeth of Orleans almost certainly has side seams under those jewels, but I realised that if I didn’t do the side seams, I could always make faux side seams with trim if I wanted that look, but I would also have the option of the smooth sides. So that was that. ┬áThe under-bodice has …