According to oxford dictionary, ‘Bodice’ is the “close-fitting upper part of a dress, covering the chest and back above the waist”. It covers the body from neck to waist – this is true for all the bodices out there but there are many variations in the style of a bodice
Different types of bodices
Princess style bodice
This is a tight-fitting bodice style with a sweetheart neckline and princess seams. These seams are vertical seams that give the bodice a formfitting shape.
Grecian style pleated bodice
This is a deep V necked bodice with pleated fabric forming the front bodice.
This bodice ends just under the bust on the narrowest part of your torso. This bodice is usually accompanied by a low scoop neckline.
This is a bodice with sides unequal in shape or proportion or design. An example is a one shoulder style.
Peplum bodice (Casaque bodice)
This is a bodice with a separate skirt added to the bottom edge.
This type of bodice will consist of a puckered fabric. The fabric is gathered and puckered by various means. Learn more about different ways to do ruching here.
Dropped waist bodice
In this bodice style, the waistline is way below the natural waistline.
This is a very tightfitting bodice. Also called a corset bodice. The body shape is maintained with the help of vertical seams and boning.
In this bodice, the front and sometimes the back will have fabric falling in a drape over the bustline and the back.