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Surplice Bodice Camisole

Knitting Lingerie Style
Knitting
January 2007
Aran / Worsted ?
18 stitches and 24 rows in Stockinette Stitch using larger needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
492 - 656 yards (450 - 600 m)
31.5 inches at chest
Errata available: abramsbooks.com

From Knitting Lingerie Style



This camisole was inspired by the fashions of the French Revolution, when the empire waist was all the range and a perky, high bosom was the most desirable.  Back then, women achieved this lifted look by lacing or wrapping a muslin sling under their breasts before they put their dresses on. 



Here I’ve wrapped the bodice of this silk/linen camisole in a way that garners similarly fetching results--but is as beautiful as it is functional.  The visible bust darts, surplice shaping, and ribbon lacing offer form as well as eye-catching detail, and a sheer lace stitch at the bottom adds a slimming, flirty touch.