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Bustle Skirt Version 1

Added Apr 20, 2010

by Geeky Seamst...

County Durham, O...






This is the first wearable grament I’ve made from scratch, there are several issues with it which I have evaluated and hope to fix in version 2:
(1) epic bum fail lol, obviously the intention was for this skirt to go up at the frnt and down at the back, but due to bummage its the opposite, lol, must compensate for bum in future ;-)
(2) waistaband, essentally was a rectangle, people aren’t rectangles, I attempted ot fix this by putting in a dart at the side, but this just accentuated the bum fail, gave me a really lopsided waistband badness badness.
(3) general shape, its clear from the pictures I was afraid to make commitment and decisions when deciding mesurements, it’s too big all over because I was petrified of making it too small.
(4) bustle malfunction: I managed to fail to catch all bustles when stitching the waistband this led to a hasty patch up job and uneven bustles

plusses? that material is AWESOME… I also learned a lot which was put into practice in me next project which is much more acceptable.

I followed the tutorial here: http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/burlesque_bustle_skirt

I’m going to unpick it all so I can use the material for other smaller bits, and make a new onw armed with what I know now :-)

Material Notes

micheal miller?




Garment Type
Geek, Goth/Gothic Lolita, Grunge, Punk, Rock, Steampunk, Victorian, Vintage

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  • Kopija_od_100_2746_large

    May 18, 2010, 05.43 PMby niña blanca

    So great!!!!!!!

  • Uv_paint_large

    May 3, 2010, 07.44 AMby Isabel Alexander

    You’re welcome. =D Any plans for the fabric now?

    I noticed you made it slightly different, I think? I also couldn’t understand if she attatched the base skirt or not. I don’t think she mentioned. What did you do and what would you suggest doing? I still think you did a great job. =) I can’t wait to see your next version.
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    • Seamstress_large

      May 3, 2010, 01.20 PMby Geeky Seamstress

      the next version is now at the bottom of my to-do list, there were 3 major improvements I’m going to make next time

      (1) use this technique (gathering over a cord) http://picasaweb.google.com/leporedinah/SimplicitySewingBook#5337044454173776434 to ruffle it. there was a lot of shread breakage ruffling using her suggested method, also this way i can ruffle all layers together. keep them together and avoid failure to catch them in the waistband

      (2) don’t make a waisband out of a rectangle, find a waistband from another pattern and use that

      (3) use a plainer fabric :-)

      this skirt has now been deconstructed, the fabric is back in my stash in various pieces, I’m just about to finish a jeans upcycle using some of this fabric :-)

  • Uv_paint_large

    Apr 20, 2010, 10.55 PMby Isabel Alexander

    I found material like that online but my mom wouldn’t get it for me. :( haha.

    You did a pretty good job, though. I don’t know if I have the patience for it yet. And it still looks good even if the front is longer.

    But if you still want it to be shorter in front, you could sew two pairs of ribbons/string on the right and left of the front of your skirt in tube channels [like, sew one edge of the ribbons/string onto the top of the lower layer of the front of your skirt, (two ribbons besides each other on the right with a 1 cm or 2 gap between them, and two ribbons on the left) then sew a strap of cloth over them (maybe using the same material as the skirt or a black/red/white coloured material. Maybe even wide ribbon), sewing on either side of the pair of ribbons/string and in between them, making sure not to sew onto them (if using ribbon you could twist it until it becomes thick enough to be able to tell where it’s sitting then pin it down to the bottom of the skirt). Also the ribbon/string should be at least 5 inches longer than the skirt.] so that when you hold the ribbons down and pull the skirt up along them it gathers. Then you can tie each pair into a bow at the bottom. It might even add a more victorian look. haha, sorry if that was really, really confusing or didn’t make sense. It’s hard for me to explain.I could draw it, though. Also, if there’s no slip skirt under you might want to wear one under, depends on what you want.

    But the skirt looks great as it is, despite the “mess up”. Thanks for posting the link, I have been wanting to make one.

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    • Seamstress_large

      Apr 21, 2010, 05.30 AMby Geeky Seamstress

      it is a fabulous fabric :-) can’t go wrong with skulls and roses!!

      Thaknyou so much for the really helpful comment, I’ve considered doing something like that but I decided in the end the problems run deeper than that and I’d rather try again :-) bustle skirt version 2 will be much easier, I’m using a different method of ruffling, and now that I’ve had a bit more practice I know how to put a zip in properly, also I want to make it lined too,

      :-) thanks for the fave too :-)

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