>It definitely looks like that seam is going up to the shoulder to
>me. I am basing this opinion from my experience in draping patterns
>for the self supporting version of this dress. And yes that seam
>when flat ends up with a funky S curve, but when on the body it reads
>as straight. The larger the curves of the wearer, the more
>pronounced the S curve.
>A princess seam, in my experience, is a modern invention. It starts
>at the armscye, curves around the bust to allow room for the bust and
>then continues on down the body. Princess seams do not support the
>bust, it gives room for the bust and for other foundation garments.
>In my opinion a princess seam is in the same category as darts. They
>are a more modern invention allowing fabric to ease around the body.
>An entirely different tailoring concept from a more
>medieval/renaissance tailoring standpoint of the fabric molding the
We have seen on this list many times the "princess line" goes anywhere. It
goes over the bustline and can end either at the neck of a square neck, mid
shoulder, especially if a round neck or v. Or at the shoulder...precurser
of the Tudor and Elizabethan styles. A bra is not needed if the line beneath
the bust (midriff to nipple) is form fitted, then over the bust fits to the
shape of the bust. I have done them all 3 ways successfully. There are
portraits all 3 ways. I'm sure many of you have the sources. We need to
put them all in a file folder.
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