Ooh, look'it what I found! In-progress pics of the construction of the "wench" top! How fun! Well, you've already seen the result of the alterations, but read on to see how I did the alterations on the bridal bodice.
MAKING THE HIGH BUST
The boning was easy to insert, since the princess seams of the original bodice were already there and perfectly placed. Think of the bones as stilts that hold the bosom up and the pointed bottom down. They keep the bodice from wrinkling at the waist. To insert them, I simply sewed the seam allowance from the front two seams down, making two channels. Then I slid the spring steel bones into the channels, and sewed them shut at the bottom and top. Easy! And to be honest, the bones made the biggest difference in the perceived quality of the finished costume: they are so simple to add, but have you ever seen them in a commercially made Hallowe'en costume? It's the little details that take any outfit to the next level.
And here's a reminder of what the finished bodice looked like after all this tomfoolery:
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