|This gown was displayed on a wicker dress form, just like the 1906 Wedding Gown!!|
I made the bustle using Truly Victorian's 101 Petticoat with Wire Bustle. I purchased the pre-cut, pre-tipped boning from TV as well. The bustle is made from unbleached muslin and twill tape. I also flat-felled the side seams. I'm in the process of making the ruffled overlay.
This was my first time tackling flat steel bones and the Victorian silhouette, and I admit that I wasn't entirely successful. The hem tips upward in the back, and I realized after I inserted the bones that I was supposed to apply the twill tape bone casings to the outside of that upper back piece. Since the bone casings are on the inside, the bones threaten to stretch and poke through the muslin...I've done my best to soak the muslin around the tip of the bones in Fray-Check and that seems to have helped. There is also a strange concave depression between the horizontal bones, which I hope won't be as noticeable once the ruffled overlay is attached.
|Not sure why the back hem of the bustle is tipping up like that.|
|The bustle is pleated to the waistband.|
|See what I mean about the bones trying to poke through the fabric?|
|Neat topstitching along the center front.|
|Very neat topstitching along the waistband as well, probably my only successful part of this garment.|
|It really does look quite comical on my dress form!|
|On my body, the horizontal concave depressions are even more noticeable...|
|Debating wether I should add a front closure or just pin it onto the dress form I'm carving for the gown...|