I decided to make a dress from 1883 since the fashions from this year have small bustles and no train, which hopefully will equate to a less cumbersome outfit for a day of walking and train-riding. I already have most of the undergarments that I will need, but I decided to whip up a quick 1880's style bustle for my outfit since my other bustles are more appropriate for the 1870's. I already owned the Laughing Moon hoops and bustles pattern, so I decided to make up the 1880's short bustle included in that set.
This little bustle is so cute and perky - it makes me smile every time I look at it! The pattern went together like a dream, and it was a wonderfully quick and pain-free project. I made it out of a remnant of red and white ticking that my Grandmother gave from her stash, and it is boned with proper hoop steel for a change (vs. my crazy experiments with wire rope and piano wire).
Next on the agenda - a pleated plaid skirt. The event is only a month away, so cross your fingers for me that everything else is as easy as my happy little bustle!