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More underwear?! - Bustle and Petticoat

Added Jan 4, 2011

by alasse

Munich, Germany






Yes, while making my victorian dress I had the feeling I had enough undergarments for three outfits. Because after my Chemise and Corset there were still the bustle and petticoat to be done.
A wealthy victorian lady sometimes would have worn two petticoats, but I decided against that ;-) I also decided to forgo drawers, as not everybody wore them and seriously… just too much stuff to put on :-D
After looking at a lot of pictures and for a long time considering to buy a pattern, I tried my hand at making a bustle pattern myself and to my own surprise, it worked on the first try!
The petticoat is just a long, wide a-line skirt, which is elongated and gathered at the waist in the back to accomodate the bustle. It also has a ruffle at the bottom, which was quite usual to give the skirt more fullness.

Please have a look at my blog for more info and more pictures!

I am considering adding the pattern for the bustle, because I was unable to find one online, when I was looking for it. But that might take me a while… so bear with me :-)

My complete victorian project:
Unmentionables – Chemise and Corset
More underwear?! – Bustle and Petticoat
Get dressed, young lady! – Victorian Day Dress and Hat
A Night at the Opera – Victorian Evening Gown

Material Notes

cotton, plastic boning, eyelets




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Romantic, Steampunk, Victorian

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    Jan 7, 2011, 10.42 AMby stuffit-1

    Amazing job! I’m in need of a bustle too and I had the completly weird idea to knit one…and now I’m fighting. But I’ll win this one ;) And once I won, I’ll upload pictures :)

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    Jan 7, 2011, 10.27 AMby Claret69

    Wow – you did an awesome job here. I wouldn’t contemplate making a bustle without a pattern (trust me – I had enough problems WITH a pattern!). It gives just the right sillohette – well done.

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    Jan 5, 2011, 07.38 AMby lauriana

    Wow, you’ve made such a project out of that Victorian dress! I’m very impressed. At first, I was about to ask whether this was a small cage bustle or just a bustle pad (basically a shaped pillow) but then I saw your second picture. So you made up the design for your own small cage bustle? Wow. About the petticoat, I once made Simplicity 5457 (historical costume, Victorian ca. 1880) which has a bustle pad and a petticoat which is very similar to your description. I posted the costume (for which I don’t claim historical accuracy) Burdastyle when I made it, so it should be among my projects. I’m also wearing it in my profile picture.

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      Jan 5, 2011, 09.24 PMby alasse

      Thanks :)
      Yeah, I made the bustle pattern myself. After taking on drafting my corset I thought I would be able to draft the bustle as well and I was ;)
      I will probably upload it here and on my blog, because I was looking for a free one online for FOREVER. And now I’ll go and have a look at your costume, you’ve got me curious ;)

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    Jan 5, 2011, 05.54 AMby zaarissima

    absolutly beautiful!

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