Thursday, April 14, 2011

a happy little bustle

The next DFW Costumer's Guild event is something that I've been wanting to do for YEARS now.  We are riding a vintage steam train in Victorian costumes!!!  *squee* And even better, we are riding the train on the weekend of a historical reenactment event called Frontier Fort Days.  This is seriously one of the coolest costume activities that I have ever been a part of, so of course I need a new bustle dress that is appropriate for the occasion. 

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! 


Lindsey said...

That is incredibly cute!

Anita said...

Cute! Fingers crossed...and toes too for good measure. ;)

Cynthia Griffith said...

It's darling! Great job :D Have fun sewing!

Bianca von Bavensen said...

What a cute bustle! I had no idea you were in the DFW area, so am I! I'm still trying to decide what to do for this event, but I'm leaning toward a giant bustle gown with lots of fun pleating. lol I can't wait to see the rest of your ensemble!

Lauren said...

I just bought this pattern not that long ago. So glad to see it makes up so nice :)
I'm sure your ensemble will be gorgeous!

LydiaO said...

LOL! Only you Jen could "whip up" a bustle. I'd still be fighting with it! Pictures!!!

Starr said...

Cute! I love ticking (and stripes in general). It reminds me of my Great Grandma's featherbed, that I used to sleep in.

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