So I signed up for this Bustle Class: http://historicalsewing.com/victorian-bustle-day-dress-class
My sewing the last week has been in preparation for it! I'm really excited about the opportunity to create a dress in concert with other dresses, it's so motivating!
I decided to make a new set of underwear for this dress, since I'm not 100% happy with my 1860's underwear and I wanted another shot to get it right.
I couldn't find my incomplete Dore corset, so I cut a Silverado:
It's waiting on a shipment of boning, then I'll bind it and add in the grommets and it will be done!
I also completed a Grand Bustle from TV 108 pattern:
As those of you on my facebook know I had a real panic with it on Friday: it was sitting at an almost 45 degree angle when I put it on, definately not right! I talked to Heather of Truly Victorian on her forum about it, and she sent me a corrected waistband piece that took care of most of the problem, and I added in a 4" piece to the back stay which corrected the rest. Whew! Panic over!
To allay some of my nerves while I was waiting for a solution to the bustle problem I drew out my hopeful bustle dress idea for the dress I'll make during the class:
I'm making the dress out of this golden tan silk faille from Denver Fabrics, with a trim of this rusty brown taffeta from renaissance fabrics:
I still need to find buttons! What do you think, gold or silver? Or something else?