I originally intended for my cotton bustle dress to be one of many historic costuming projects I would undertake this year, but with all my other sewing it is turning into this year's project! I finally have started in earnest, cutting out the bodice pattern pieces and buying muslin to start fitting everything. The sketch above shows the bodice style I am going for, which will require a few changes to the Truly Victorian Tail Bodice pattern I am working with. This is my first ever bustle gown so I am sure I will have a lot to learn about fitting such a curvy garment.
I am also still fighting myself over whether to use a solid color for the underskirt or for the bodice. It seems like real print bustle dresses more often had solid color underskirts, but I personally like the idea of a solid bodice! I have found some examples to support my sketches. It seems that plaid dresses in particular seemed to have plaid over and under skirts paired with solid bodices.
|The striped style is very similar to what I am after, pattern on the over and under skirts with a solid color boice with a "vest" of the print!|
I hope to have the bodice pattern figured out by the end of this weekend! It is hard to put other projects on hold, I have fun 1950's dresses to make! I have put off this project for long enough though, so it is time to make something historical!