This is for a Custom made Victorian era reproduction bustle dress. This particular dress is an early bustle period style, circa 1870's. The early bustle period was marked with symmetry and simpleness in design. I will make the dress shown in your measurements and fabric choice. Can be made with a solid cottons or solid cotton and solid velvet. Dress will be made in the style shown but in a solid color. Can be made in a striped cotton for an additional charge.
This is a 3 piece outfit consisting of a bodice, underskirt with an attached apron and a seperate back "waterfall" piece. It will be made in a solid color cotton fabric. The vest and contrasting details will be made from a solid color cotton or solid color velvet fabric. The bodice was made from a historical patterns. I draft my own patterns using historical guidelines for accuracy. The underskirt and apron is a basic 5 gore design with a waistband. The waterfall backpiece is my design but is reminiscent of the "Phantom of the Opera" Wishing gown back piece.
The bodice is a one piece that had a faux vest front. Buttons up the front with faux pearl buttons. The vest and collar will be made from a coordinating color to your main fabric choice and can be made from either cotton or velvet. There are small attached flowers that will be pearled at the collar. The collar and front of the bodice also have a handmade piping that help accent the vest front. Sleeves are 2 piece fitted and are full length. There is a small box pleat at the cuff of the sleeve which also appears on the apron to help draw the items together.
Please note: The ruffle undersleeves DO NOT come with the outfit. The white ruffled undersleeves can be purchased seperately, please email me for pricing.
The bodice is completely lined with a cotton broadcloth and inner lined with a cotton muslin. Bodice is also boned in the appropriate areas to give it structure and a period look. The bodice falls to the hips in length. The back of the bodice has a small "tail" effect that matches the waterfall back drape. Two small pearl buttons help complete the back effect.
The underskirt is a basic 5 gore design with a flat waistband and closes at the side with a hook and bar closure. The front gores remain flat and the width of the fabric is pleated into the back to accomodate the bustle. There is an attached apron in the front of the underskirt. It is trimmed with the coordinating trim and a small box pleat ruffle. The underskirt and apron are attached so this is one piece which makes it really nice when wearing. Skirt and apron are unlined but all seams are French seamed or serged for neatness. Bottom of underskirt is hand hemmed.
The defining piece to this outfit is the back drape. It has a waterfall effect in design. It is folded back on itself to expose alternating layers of base fabric and velvet (or coordinating cotton if you prefer) which make a really lovely design effect. It is a seperate piece that is attached to a flat waistband. Waistband closes in the front with a hook and bar and also buttons at the sides for added support when you are wearing. This back drape can also be left off thus making a simpler but different gown, giving you 2 dresses in one.
This is a custom order item in your size and color choice. I will need 10-14 days to complete this outfit for you before shipping. Dress in picture is not available. Price listed is for a solid cotton with a solid color trimming or a solid velvet trim. I can make this dress in a striped fabric also at an extra charge. Please email me if my description is unclear.
I will gladly ship internationally. Canada will be the same price as the US. All other areas, please email me as shipping charges are area dependant.