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The 1813 Kashmiri dress: bodice construction details

I’ve shown you the skirt construction details for the 1813 Kashmiri dress, and promised to do the bodice construction in just as much detail.  I’ve covered them slighty here as well. I started by cutting out my bodice pieces in white linen, to serve as a lining/under support. The inner linen lining/under support layer was sewn together first, and I checked the fit of it.  I ended up letting it out about 1/2 and inch in the centre front.  With the under support sewn together, I began sewing on the wool twill outer layer, starting with the side-back pieces. Then the centre back piece got sewed on, and the centre back and back neckline got finished: Then (after lots of dithering and messing with different options) I sewed on the white silk front panel, and sewed the side-front wool pieces to it.  Then the front wool drape got sewn down over both pieces (after lots of draping and pinning to get the look right).  The point where the drape meets at the centre waist is just …