I am very pleased to have finished the January challenge of the Historical Sew Monthly a little earlier than originally planned! I had a great time creating these two pieces and am excited to use them as the foundation pieces for February’s color challenge of blue.
Completing the bustle came with a few challenges, especially since the sides of the bustle have a slight bubble to them from the inside panels being tied. You will see what I mean when you look at the side of the finished product. Here are a few pictures of the final stages of the bustle: inserting the boning, adding the side panels, and attaching the inner ties.
Since I had extra time and extra material, I created a petticoat to go with the bustle. I wasn’t able to take any production pictures, but if you have any questions about how I created it, please feel free to ask. Here was the drawing I used as inspiration:
And now here is the information for the completed challenge along with many pictures! I hope you enjoy!
The Challenge: Foundations – 1878 Dimity Bustle and Petticoat
Fabric: 9 yards of white muslin
Pattern: Both pieces were made from drawings taken from Harper’s Bazar
Year: Natural Form – 1875-1882
Notions: 5 yards of boning, thread, cording, twill tape, ribbon
Historically Accurate: Since both pieces are based off of originals, I would say they are fairly authentic, although they are lacking the extra amount of detail, lace, and ruffles that accompany items from this period.
Hours to Complete: 9 hours for both
First Worn: Not yet, but I am made these items to fit me…so hopefully soon!
Total Cost: $30
News to come soon for my next challenge! Have a wonderful evening!
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