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How to order #800 Skirt and #801 Bodice.
Fan Front Bodice with Flounced or Single Skirt.


#801 Sizes 8-26 Fan-Front Bodice in Individual Cup Sizes B, C, and D $14.00. (US Funds)
#800 Sizes 8-26 Flounced or Single Skirt $14.00 (US Funds)
Both the Bodice and Skirts for $23.00 (US Funds)

This fan-front bodice and single skirt were fashionable between 1841-1847. It may also be worn as an 1850s gown because daguerreotypes abound of women wearing the fan-front bodice in the 1850s.

The illusion of a small waist is created with tucks at the shoulders which are drawn into shirring at the center front waist. The fullness at the center front waist may be fashioned into pleats.

The bodice is mounted on a form fitting lining. The lining alone may be used as a pattern for a popular variation from the fan-front. The long form fitting sleeves may be made with or without a cap. The bodice is lightly boned and closes in the back with hooks and eyes.

This pattern is multi-sized 8 through 26 in a B, C and D cup.

Fan-Front Bodice fabric requires 45 inch fabric for: Sizes 8 through 14 - 2-1/3 Yds. fashion fabric and 1-5/8 Yds. lining; Sizes 16 through 20 - 2-1/2 Yds. of fashion fabric and 1-3/4 Yds. of lining and Sizes 22 through 26 - 2-2/3 Yds. of fashion fabric and 2 Yds. of lining.

The Single Skirt requires 45 inch fabric for: All sizes 6-7/8 Yds. of fashion fabric and 7-1/8 Yds. of lining.

Flounced Skirt requires 45 inch fabric for: Fashion Fabric - Sizes 8 through 14 - 6-1/3 Yds. fashion fabric; Sizes 16 through 20 - 6-1/2 Yds.; Sizes 22 through 26 - 7 Yds. Lining Fabric: All sizes 4-1/2 Yds. Underskirt Fabric: All sizes 4 Yds.

The original fan-front bodice and skirt fabric was a black silk taffeta. The original flounce skirt was a forest green and black stripe cut on the diagonal. A watered taffeta, a changeable silk taffeta, plaid taffeta and a medium-weight good quality cotton are particularly good choices.


For examples of printed cotton to use for this bodice and skirt see the book by Susan Meller and Joost Elffers titled Textile Designs. The subtitle states, Two Hundred Years of European and American Patterns for Printed Fabric by Motif, Style, Color, Layout and Period and 1,823 Illustration in Color. The ISBN is 0-8109-3853-7. Great book! Order it from your local library that has interlibrary loan capability if you do not wish to purchase it.

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