Don’t you wish all vintage sellers would photograph the inside of their garments?
Not only are the interiors of dresses fascinating for fashion & sewing nerds, but they say so much about the quality of the piece (and help you accurately date it).
But then I saw the inside and things got really interesting.
The bodice looks to be underlined with netting, which isn’t gathered like the chiffon. The netting would serve as a guide when gathering the neckline, so the maker could achieve just the right shape.
The bodice is then partially lined in an adorable sweetheart shape. It looks like the lining is stitched to the netting layer along the top to hold it in place, while not showing on the outside.
The waist seam is stayed, the neckline and armholes finished with bias binding, and the seam allowances have a narrow turned hem, very unusual today!
I think you can learn a lot by looking at the beautiful garments of the past, don’t you?