Learn the Terms - Bodice

October 19, 2017

Learn the Terms - Bodice

The bodice refers to the portion of the dress between the neckline and the skirt. It includes the upper bodice area (front & back), the midriff area, and the waist area. A bodice may include one or more of the following to create the entire bodice.


Corset: a form-fitting bodice with boning and lace-up closures.

Drop waist: bodice that is exaggerated to 3" below the natural waistline or lower. Can be made with Princess seams or darts, be baggy or tightly fit.

Fitted: darts fit the garment to the body, coming either from the side seams, waist seams or both.

Midriff: Area between the "Empire" waist seam and the "drop" waist seam. Fits very closely around the mid-section, accentuating the waist. Can be wide or narrow.

Princess: Princess seams from the shoulder/sleeve area to either the top of the midriff or the waist.

Surplice: sections of fabric cross wrap in the front or the back.

Tank: sleeveless with wide armholes like a tank top.



Size Guide
Bust 30"  32" 34" 36" 38" 40" 44" 48"
Waist 22" 24" 26" 30" 32" 36" 40" 44"
Hip 32" 34" 36" 38" 42" 44" 48" 52"
LIZZY LENGTHS                
Lizzy Tee             24.5" from shoulder to hem edge
Lizzy Slip             37.5" from shoulder to hem edge
Lizzy Maxi             55.5" from shoulder to hem edge