Here is my finished bustle at its debut at Costume College 2012!
It all started last December with the idea that I needed a “quick” bustle dress. (yeah, right!) Then I was on this kick that I HAD to have a red costume. Because every woman needs a red dress… you know.
Well, the “quick” part of the dress became so overloaded with trim that it didn’t get done until a few weeks ago. But it was all from cotton materials so I enjoyed every minute.
Then I loosely gathered 2.5″ cotton crocheted lace and mounted over that. Finally I mounted a deep 15″ ruffle out of the red to further hide the cream underskirt.
As May rolled around and I realized that my “quick” bustle dress was getting done not-so-quickly, I tossed my original idea of an asymmetrical overskirt. I’ve admired the Truly Victorian #362 – 1884 Wash Overskirt for some time and realized this was a perfect time to whip it up.
And did it whip up quick! I love it!
I noticed in the fashion plate that the lady on the right has a similar skirt and since it was on the same page as my original inspiration (on the left) I decided it would be perfect.
My only change was to round the apron hem rather than leave it in a point. I will say, though, the apron hangs a lot longer than I thought it would and longer than how the pattern sketch looks.
The bodice is like the 5th or 6th reincarnation of one Truly Victorian bodice or another. Hey! – if the pattern fits, don’t reinvent the wheel and start with a new pattern.
I used the fashion plate for inspiration and highlighted the collar, cuffs, center front and hem with a flat, solid red 1/4″ piping (meaning it’s simply a folded strip of bias with no cord running through it). The red trim really complements the red/ecru floral fabric!
The 5/8″ buttons were covered in the same solid red cotton. And the cuffs were flatlined with a soft cotton organdy.
The collar was drafted to the bodice pattern with a 1″ stand at the back. This was so it gave a high collar idea without it being too high on the neck. Lastly, I whipped more of the ecru lace around the neckline.
The one unfortunate thing about this bodice is that because the pattern fit me the last time I made it, I made only a quick mockup.
Well… I’ve lost 15 pounds since that fitting. You can guess what that does?! I could pull out nearly 4 inches along the front waist darts! And I noticed that the shoulders could use a tighter seam too.
I love this red ensemble so much that fitting tweaks are definitely in order. ’sigh’ Time to rip out bone casings…
A bonnet will eventually be made for this day outfit. I even started one. But that’s another story unto itself….