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Bridal Style Glossary
When whatcha-ma-call-it won't do. This
helpful bridal style glossary gives the couture bride the vocabulary
to discuss bridal dress styles and preferences with a bridal
When a woman sets her heart on a fairy
tale wedding, she often enters a world of unknowns. Dress styles, fabrics,
necklines, sleeve lengths - all introduce a sometimes new
vocabulary. Inexperience with common styles, fabrics and sewing terms can
reduce even the most intelligent woman to stammering and pointing; she doesn't
know what it's called but she knows it when she sees it. Scarlett's
Closet offers the following guide to help you get what you want without
strangling the seamstress. Silhouette A-Line Skirt gradually
widens from waistline to floor Ball Gown Very full skirt that gathers
at about the natural waistline Mermaid A slim, body-hugging dress with a skirt that
flares out below the knee. Also called a trumpet skirt or "fit and
Princess Line Dress style with a
slightly flared design; accentuates the waist, but doesnâ€™t hug the body.
Redingote A dress or coat, opened along the front to reveal an under
dress or petticoat Sheath Silhouette of straight, slim lines.
Neckline Bateau Follows a line curving slightly downward below the
collar bone Bib Front High, square neckline with tank
straps Bertha / Cape Cape of fabric or lace attached to neckline
for shawl effect. Court/Square Neckline Shaped like a half
square Cowl A neckline featuring a piece of material attached to a
garment draped loosely in a swag from shoulder to shoulder at the front or back
neckline, frequently cut on the bias Halter Typically a backless dress
with collar or strap wrapping behind neck Queen Anne High on sides
and back; open bodice in sweetheart shape. Queen Elizabeth High
collar stands up in back, comes to a closed V in front. Portrait A
collar that wraps the shoulders Sabrina Begins two inches inside
shoulder; straight across front. Scoop Low, rounded
neckline Strapless Bodice without straps or
sleeves Sweetheart Dips to a heart shape at
bustline Vee Dips to a V in the center front Wedding Band
Collar High collar, fits close to neck Waistline Antebellum Dress has
natural waistline that dips two inches to a point in the center front.
Basque (Bosk) Waistline of dress is two inches below the natural
waist; dips to a point in the center front. and back Curved
Basque Similar to Basque, though rounded at the center front. Also known as
Antebellum Empire (Om Peer) High waisted with short bodice.
Skirt begins two or more inches above natural waist.
Peblum Short flounce or overskirt
attached at waistline. Shirred (sherd) Fabric is gathered to make a
horizontal panel Sleeve Bishop Full sleeve that ends
in gathered band at wrist. Capelet Falls several inches below elbow
in soft flare. Dolman (dole-mon) Top of sleeve is wide, cut in one
piece with shoulder. Gibson Full at shoulder, fitted at wrist.
Hug the Shoulder Falls at the apex of the
shoulder Leg-o-Mutton Very full puff at shoulder, tightly fitted on
the forearm. Off Shoulder Below shoulders with
sleeves Peek-A-Boo Sheer, puffed sleeve; different fabric showing
through underneath. Poet Pleated at shoulder; very full from
shoulder to cuff. Train Brush Very short train that
just sweeps floor during walk. Capelet Flows from back of shoulders.
Cathedral Extends approximately 2 1/2 yards from
waistline Chapel Extends approximately 1 1/2 yards from
waistline Court Extends a little under 3 feet from waist.
Monarch/Castillion Extends approximately 3 yards from
Semi-Cathedral Extends approximately 2
yards from waistline Sweep Slightly longer than brush train - about 8
inches from the hem. Watteau (WAH-toe) Train falls from back yoke of dress.
Regardless what you call it, it's your time to shine, Cinderella. Have a
ball! (c) Copyright 2007 - 2012 Pamela Picard Austin TX All rights reserved.