|Back of the dress. Obligatory butt bow is obligatory.|
|Side view to show it really is a bustle dress. :-)|
- Blue - The crossway of the silk is blue and I added a gold trim with turquoise stones to the hem.
- Sewing Secrets- I doubt having a cat beneath your bustle counts but Santa and Valentine's day fabric probably does.
- Stash busting - everything is stuff I've had for at least a few months. The trim is something I've had for years.
- Out of your comfort zone - as some of you know, bustle scares me like nothing else in Historical costuming. Give me 1890's sleeves, Elizabethan, or even something to completely hand sew that isn't a bustle and I'm fine. Tell me I have to make a bustle and I immediately freak out. I love the look. It's a gorgeous period. However, this is my fourth dress and this is the only one, in my opinion, that looks remotely like something they would have actually worn.
I plan on adding a few bits to it before the next wearing. I'm glad I finally made a bustle dress that looks halfway decent and not like a frumpy hot mess. At least the skirt on this one came out okay without tears. Although, there almost were tears when having to pleat the bottom hem - it took almost the entire movie of Castaway to get it right!