The fabric I was a little difficult to use because the red/gold design is not very tightly woven.
The bodice was for this reason fully interfaced with fusible tricot and then lined in soft muslin for comfort. I made the pattern for the bodice from my French pattern master draft and it fits me very well ( Yeah!!!)
I really like the standing collar design and I sewed the trim to the inside and outside of the collar and neckline and then hand stitched the two trims together for a nice clean look. The bodice has only two bones ( ½ inch spring steel) in the front, which are directly under the hand-sewn hooks. I choose to only use hooks as closure because I can lace around them instead of lacing thru the eye of lacers. I also could not find lacers in gold…any ideas please let me know…