I'm working on a cosplay, and as soon as I noticed the Victorian profile of the bodice, I had to run with it. (A Victorian aesthetic also gives me a starting point for adding some depth and texture, because her refs are pretty flat. I am absolutely doing goldwork for the design on the tails of her tailcoat, and I also see a lot of soutache in my future.)
What do you think would be the best base pattern for the bodice?
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I think you just need a basic bodice. I think the tails would be easiest to add to the waist with a seam, rather than a long extension of the bodice pieces. (you would have a seam in the middle if you extend the side-back and back pieces). I think TV400 would be a good start. For the sleeves, you can convert them to a bell sleeve by extending the back sleeve seams straight down from the elbow, instead of curving towards the wrist. As another options, you can overlap the outer and inner sleeves along the back seam, taking out the seam between armhole and elbow, cutting the whole sleeve in one piece. The cape can be cut from TV590.
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