Wednesday, September 25, 2013

1880's Brown Bustle

From the seller:

This beautiful Vitorian bustle dress is made from a light brown silk taffeta. The bodice is lined and has bones in the seams. It hooks down the front and has a pleated panel with a long point in front that hooks over the center front. It's fitted with darts and has 3/4 lenght sleeves with tucks on the cuffs. It has very light underarms stains. It measures 32 1/2 inches around the bust, across the back shoulder is 10 1/2, waist is 22 and it's 20 1/2 inches from shoulder to point in front. The skirt is lined in a glazed cotton and a wide facing of some interfacing fabric (the facing around the hem has some minor holes/tears). The back of the skirt comes up and hooks in center back, the seams on the sides of the center back are opened a little at the bottom and need to be stitched up. There's a stain on the center back skirt, but if you ruch up the back as I showed in the photos, it will cover the stain and leave enough length for a little train. The left side of the skirt is draped across the front, there's pleats from the waist to hem on the left where the drape starts, and the bottom of the skirt has a box pleated ruffle. The skirt is 25 inches around the wiast, hips are full and it's 46 1/2 inches long in front. There's a few small light scattered spots, but hard to see in the pleats and drapes. Overall the dress is in excellent condition, the fabric is nice and sturdy.

From Me:

Nice, simple, but still elegant dress.


  1. Another dress I'd love to make. I adore the asymmetrical skirt-front draping.

    1. I'd love to see it with a bright, colorful hat and maybe gloves. ;-)