"Low bodices are now chiefly worn at balls; but at dinner parties they may be seen when the wearer intends being present at some large evening party afterward. Our model is among the newest from Paris; it is white silk, and the folds or bretelles are of coloured crepe."
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"The pattern consists of five pieces: 1-Front; 2-Half of Back; 3-Side-Piece; 4-Sleeve and 5-Half of bretelle. The bretelle is laid on the front of the bodice, so as to simulate a waistcoat. Half of the bretelle is only given, as the back and front are the same as far as the waist. The basque on the side-piece is laid in a single plait and that of the back is laid in a box-plait and not joined on the side-piece. The lines marked on the front, point out the two darts. The bodice fastens on front with buttons and button-holes. The buttons should be either silk or satin and should match the dress in colour. The first toilet is a combination of embroidered gauze and satin; the second is of tulle over white silk an ornamented with flowers and faille ribbon."
"For the benefit of our readers who do not know how to cut from a diagram, we give the following directions. Take a piece of paper and cut, say the front of the bodice; then use the tape-measure and compare with the number of inches on the diagram; next cut across the top of the bust - measure; then slope up for the shoulder, then across the shoulder-seam; then cut out the arm-hole, down the seam under the arm, then the skirt of the basque. Compare each cutting with the number of inches given. Proceed this way with each separate piece."
For more original hints on how to enlarge these patterns, see Enlarging Our Patterns, 1877.
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