Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Purple Bustle Dress

From the seller:

Antique Victorian Plum Silk Taffeta Bustle Ensemble


This outstanding Victorian bustle era ensemble is a sight to behold with rich plum hued silk taffeta, frosted lavender and cream rose jacquard trim, creamy lace, cut and faceted metal buttons (18 total), a bounty of pleating, ruffles, bows, tiny hand sewn ruching, dramatic lobster tail train with rows and rows of ruffles, fitted sleeve, ruched shawl collar with mandarin styling, pleated and pointed double layer tails on the bodice with matching button accents, pleated crinoline and lace at the underside of the hem with gorgeous details everywhere you look.

The antique bodice and skirt is lined with polished cotton which has age and wear to the skirt cotton, silk remains strong with superb coloring and body, hand and machine stitches are present, boning to the bodice waistline, the skirt waistline was let out and is unstructured needing to be sewn to your specific waist sizing measurement, no underarm issues, very minor fade to scattered areas of the silk, TINY scattered nips, soiling and discolorations from a lengthy storage, has not been cleaned, measuring approximately as noted below....

Shoulder: 13" Bust: 36" ... Shown on a 36" Dress form Waist: 26" Length at front from shoulder to hem: 23 1/2"

Length at Rear from nape to tails: 34" Sleeve: 20 1/2"

Skirt: Waist: Open Length at front: 42" Length at rear: 65"

If additional pictures are wanted please message me and I will forward them to you...12 pictures are not enough to capture the beauty of this ensemble.

From Me:

...I need to recreate this one....


  1. That is a beauty! I love the brocade accents. :)

    1. Those brocade accents give me ideas for all those just under a yard scraps I have in the scrap pile...

  2. I love combining different fabrics and textures, and this one takes the cake.

  3. This dress is amazing! Shirring and tuck and piping - but it doesn't look too busy. I want!

    And I love your idea for using up brocade scraps. :-)

    1. We all have them if you sew at all. That piece of fabric you don't want to throw away but you don't quite have enough of to make more than maybe 18th c pockets? Now, it has another use!

  4. Does anyone have any additional information on this dress? It happens that the dress is currently on my mannequin and I am getting ready to do a presentation on the Art of Victorian Fashion. Any history or details other than what is listed above would be super helpful. Provenance? Thank you.