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1872 Vested Bodice- Victorian Early Bustle Era Bodice

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Description from Truly Victorian's website:  You will need to purchase a bustle pattern to wear underneath to get the silhouette pictured.


This bodice is taken from the 1872 Butterick Pattern Catalog. The main highlight is the layered front; with a vest and outer Jacket layer. The vest is high necked with a shallow point at the waist, and buttons down the center front. The “jacket” closes with 2 buttons at the waist, and folds over in lapels both above and below the waist. The vest is sewn to the bodice proper at the side and shoulder seams, and at the armhole. The fitted sleeve is in 2 pieces, and widens dramatically at the wrist. The basque is split at the center back and the side seams, below the waist, to allow room for any sized bustle.

The bodice is drafted based on a tailoring method actually used in the 1870’s, adjusted to fit the modern body. All of the bodice seams are true to the era, and it is designed to fit snugly over a corset.


Sizing and Yardage Information:



All the sizes are included, as given below.


Sizing A B C D E F G H I J K L M N
Bust 30″ 32″ 34″ 36″ 38″ 40″ 42″ 44″ 46″ 48″ 50″ 52″ 54″ 56″
Waist 22″ 24″ 26″ 28″ 30″ 32″ 34″ 36″ 38″ 40″ 42″ 44″ 46″ 48″
Main Fabric 2 1/2 yards 2 5/8 yards 2 3/4 yards
Vest; 1 yard – all sizes
Lapel/facing 1 yard 1 1/8 yd
Sleeve Lining 3/4 yard 1 yard 1 1/8 yd
1 yard – all sizes
Interlining 1 5/8 yards – all sizes


**Yardages given are with nap for 44/45″ wide fabric.  For sleeve lining, use broadcloth or batiste, or use the same fabric as for Lapel/facings.  For Interlining, use a firmly woven fabric like light twill, silesia, or heavy broadcloth.


Notions:   Seven ¼” stays; Buttons or hooks and eyes for vest closure; 2 buttons for outer closure.


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