After seeing the latest post by American Duchess about having wrinkles in 18th century gown bodices, I realize that I’ve GOT to tell more people about this sewing trick. First, take out your copy of Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion (WHAT?! You do not own this book? Heavens. Go to Amazon.com right now and buy this book. Patterns of Fashion: Englishwomen’s Dresses & Their Construction
It is the best costuming book ever.) now flip to pages 36, 39, and 41. Look at the layout of those bodices. Notice the grain lines. They are cut on the bias. Cut your front panels on the bias and then pin your gowns closed. Don’t cheat and put in hooks and eyes. They look like crap, they aren’t adjustable, and they aren’t period. Pinning (or sewing yourself in) is the way to go.
Bias-cut bodice and pins. No more wrinkly bodices!