By definition a Basque Bodice is a bodice that extends below the waist, over the skirt. In 1858, Empress Eugenie of France made the style popular when she ordered 25 of these garments in many fabric choices. The same year the style was featured in the 1st issue of Harper’s Bazaar.  The bodice utilizes pleats or gathers and fabric belts to give shape at the waistline, making it comfortable to wear, but still giving it the period look.  The pattern includes both a square and a rounded front.  Options are included for three styles of edging: pleated, ruffled and a fabric ruching, as well as an optional removable pelerine. The use of your Basque will depend on the fabric chosen.  Basques made of light, airy fabrics can be worn as morning and at-home attire and as day dresses for warmer weather and southern climates.  Basques made of heavier cottons, silks, linens, wools and brocades can be used for day dresses, visiting garments, traveling attire and for riding habits.  Remove the belting and this bodice works as maternity wear. Done in cream or soft pastels this would be a great bodice for a late afternoon or dinner wedding. 

Basque bodice and skirt combinations were the forerunner of the suit.  Try TSS-201 Double Opening skirt, TSS-202 Gauged Skirt or TSS-203 Gored Skirt. The modified pagoda sleeves are meant to be worn with sleeve jockeys, TSA-501 Sleeve Jockeys ad Cuffs offers some great choices.


This pattern is available in two size groups.  Please compare your bust measurement to the chart below to decide your pattern choice

Pattern Requirements:

          21/2 - 3 1/2 yds 45” wide fashion fabric/ same amount for lining
                  * depending on size
         1/3 yd both fashion fabric and lining for detachable pelerine
         7 buttons
         Fine cord for your piping
         Trims of choice


Basque Bodice

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