It is nearing the end of summer in the American South and the sweltering heat has me thinking of Fall and a new ball gown. I am putting the bodice together now. I have chosen a semi sheer “linen colored” embroidered cotton I have had lying around in my studio for YEARS now. For some reason, I seem to be wildly fond of gathered front gowns… and semi sheer fabrics.
With this bodice, I have chosen to pleat the outer layer of the bodice and use a fitted lining. Thus far I am very pleased with the way it is turning out. I like the little fanned peplum going on in the front. Too bad it will be covered up when I put the waistband on. But it does give me an idea for a future dress….
Detail of Bodice pleating
Interior bodice lining with light boning
Ball gown skirt over cage/ without petticoats