> My question right now refers to bust support, and
> how to hide it.
I usually wear a little later style Italian,
When I first made my Italian I was very worried about
support. I'm not a small person and I have a lot that
Originally I followed Jen's plans and made a hemp
corded bodice as a separate layer to go under my
dress. I found it exceptionally difficult to keep the
support layer hidden. I also found it to be warmer
than I wanted (camping in 90 degree heat with one more
layer was just too hot). After about 6 months of
wearing the corded bodice I started wearing my Italian
gown without the corded bodice. I found that just the
dress gives enough support to keep me happy.
Yes, I have wrinkles.. but frankly, I had wrinkles
when I wore the corded bodice.
The bodice of the gown is two layers of medium weight
linen. If I was using lighter weight linen I'd have
used one or two layers of heavier linen in between the
fashion fabrics to give it strength.
When I made the corded bodice I found that it smoothed
out some of my bumps.. but in some cases it just
carefully curved around my less appealing bulges. In
order to get a relatively smooth appearance I ended up
If I were still trying to use cording for support I
would probably add it directly to the bodice of the
gown rather than treat it as a separate garment.
Lady Sylvie la Chardonni�re
West Kingdom, Province of the Mists