A custom 1830s tartan bodice

A custom designed 1830s era bodice and contrasting velvet belt

This beautiful tartan bodice was custom commissioned by a client only in need of a bodice and belt. The client sent the tartan fabric and we happily sewed it up using our Emily dress pattern (sans the skirt obviously). The belt is made of embossed cotton velveteen and has tiny little waffling all over it. The texture complimented the primary hues of the tartan quite well.

We add cotton organdy under sleeves to our Emily dresses to help support the enormous 1830s era Gigot sleeves

I just loved this fabric as it was actually an intricately woven herringbone twill and had much detail to it besides the plaid weave itself. I think the client made an excellent choice with this custom piece and I thoroughly enjoyed making it!

We cut the side pieces on the bias to add some visual interest to the back of the bodice. The plaid is matched at center back where it closes via hook and eyes.
Detail of center back. The client will add a decorative buckle to the separate black velveteen belt.

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About Susan

My interest in historical costume began at a very early age. I knew by age 5 I wanted to be a designer. Over the years I have been fortunate enough to turn my passion into a full time business. You can find my costumes onstage in NYC, on the big screen, and in museums around the globe.