Sunday, December 29, 2013

Why so many Bustle Skirts are lost...

From the seller:

Impressive silk ball gown with basque bodice jacket, the jacket styling looks like from an earlier time then the gown, the gown looks Edwardian and the basque bodice looks Victorian, found in the same trunk, the silk fabric is exactly the same. The gown's bodice is gathered and layered in pastel silk chiffon and is piped with chiffon rose trim, high waisted with open skirt to reveal flounce pale pink chiffon, interested knotted flying panel at the back. Bodice is beautifully made in the French style with finished seams in the cotton stayed interior, lace decollete, with satin covered buttons and a ruched panel in blue satin both front and back, box pleated cuffs with satin bows. The gown with a fragile chiffon bodice with small breaks both exterior underms and interior is also tender especially at the back hook and eye closure, the brocade is excellent, the bodice is excellent.


chest 34"

waist 24"

length in front 56"

Bodice bust 32"

waist 22".

train length 88"

From Me:

You see that pretty dress your Mom wore 30 or 40 years ago and realize she won't wear that old thing ever again. Although the bodice isn't much on fabric, the voluminous skirt is - and you can easily yank it apart to create something in the latest style. At least, that is what I'm guessing happened in this case. That bodice couldn't be more 1870's if it tried and that dress is so very Titanic era (1909-1913). Having an extant bustle gown, I can tell you first hand, the amount of material in one of those skirts is ridiculous - and not everyone was budget conscious. Sometimes, the entire skirt is made of silk.

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