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The Victorian Lady

bustle understructures: several rows of horsehair ruffles (either attached to its own separate cord or sewn to a petticoat), a wire cagelike contraption, or curved strips of spring steel sewn into casings in the back of the petticoat. All of these focused the skirt volume in the back, leaving the front and sides relatively slim and close to the body. These are two examples of contemporary reproductions of bustle petticoats:

For the Cuirass Bodice, follow the same instructions, stopping at the hip-length hem line. Instead of draping a dart in the SB piece, you can cut it into two separate pieces.

Draping a Low Bustle Gown Not ones to leave well enough alone, fashionable women of the later 1880s revived the bustle. Unlike the earlier bustle, where the greatest accumulation of fabric sat up in the small of the woman’s back, the low bustle sat below the waistline. There could be various


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Draping Period Costumes: Classical Greek to Victorian  

Draping Period Costumes: Classical Greek to Victorian  

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