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Added Jul 27, 2009

by Kalile

Las Vegas, Nevad...






A circle skirt with a faux bustle at the back. I’ve been looking at steampunk (see my endless ramblings below) and wanted to incorporate a bustle type effect, but with a ruffled cravat sort of look. The Coffee Date Dress ruffle had exactly the look I wanted, so I copied it. The skirt is lined, which makes it a little stiffer and less swirly, but the ruffle kind of takes the swirl out of it as well. The ruffle is also lined, which helps it keep its shape. I considered interfacing the ruffle, but then I would be forever worrying about it when I sit down; is the shape right, am I smooshing something wrong, etc. Bottom line… comfort is king, even if I sacrifice some style.
Oh, the skirt poofed out in a funky manner when I first pinned the ruffle. I ended up putting a small pleat in the center back of the skirt, and then after the ruffle was attached, gathering in the back of the skirt even more and tacking it in place.

Explanatory ramblings:
I am rather enamored with the steampunk aesthetic. I’ve been thinking about how to incorporate some of the Victorian styles into my own wardrobe without looking ridiculous. I just can’t rock leg of mutton sleeves, for example. Especially with a short pixie hair cut and a nose ring. In addition, I dress casually. So casually, in fact, that anything quirky risks looking like a costume. I think that people who already dress in the gothic style will have an easier time pulling off the steampunk look. Same with those who like the “Lolita” (god how I hate that term! I’ve actually read Lolita, and therefore must forever shudder whenever I hear it, even though there’s nothing inherently yucky about the aesthetic) style. In fact, I may end up selling this skirt if it’s too silly on me. That’s how casually I dress. A person could dress it up with knee high socks and combat boots and/or a bustier, or down like me with a simple tank top. I think it’s casual enough for most people, but it’s still borderline for me.
Right now the skirt is a little like a mullet – business in the front, party in the back (Oh hoh hoh hoh, so funny). The patterned fabric obscures the wrapped look, where it overlaps on one hip (similar to a Leslie skirt). I don’t know if it would be too flashy to put buttons on the outside, over snap fastenings inside, and turn under the edges so that the slit is emphasized. That would allow some leg to peek out with every step, but it might be too ostentatious.

Oh, and as far as the name goes, I couldn’t think of a good pun. Feaux bustle- Fustle? Ruffle bustle – Rustle?
Cravat Skirt? Mini-crini?
Nah. Rufflebutt. It displays my razor sharp wit SO much better. ;)

Final note: yes, I have a pink wizard’s hat on one of my bedposts. But I’m not a freaky fantasy child, I swear! I’m just about normal. I don’t wear it (often).

Material Notes

Cotton cloth (skirt and lining) snap fasteners




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    Aug 9, 2009, 02.25 PMby lelie

    I love the idea!

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    Aug 1, 2009, 05.06 AMby dkocsis45

    one question for you… since you have it lined and the ruffle is also lined, how does it feel to sit on it if you have to sit on a hard surface such as a wooden chair or something? is it uncomfortable at all? does the one lining cancel out the fullness of the bustleruffle and make it still comfortable?

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    Jul 29, 2009, 09.31 PMby Kalile

    Thank you, everyone, for your comments! I’m glad that it’s an interesting, pleasant idea. :) Also that it might be considered “normal” looking!

    To candyjoyce – I’m honored that you liked the idea so much! I’m sure the dress is beautiful all the same. Have fun at the wedding, and congrats to whomever is tying the knot.

    Note: In case anyone is interested, a possible variant on the backside frill theme could be with rhombi. If you sewed several rhombus shapes of increasing size, you could sort of curve the edges under so it looks like a bell shape. I don’t know how easy that is to visualize… but anyway, you could sew the resulting half tube to the skirt, then fit the next largest one into the first one, curving the edges around, and so on. That would require substantially more work, and some math to get the angles correct, but I think it would provide a stiffer and more voluminous buttruffle. If anyone wants to know what the heck I am talking about, contact me and I’ll make some sketches.

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    Jul 29, 2009, 09.14 AMby bohemia

    LOVE IT!!

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    Jul 28, 2009, 03.27 PMby julibopper

    I love this! I also am enamored with the steampunk aesthetic, but have the same problems with looking silly and costumed. This is a great way to incorporate the ideas while still being something you can wear to work or the 7-11 or something where you want to be more “normal”!

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    Jul 28, 2009, 02.54 PMby ashchaser

    This is absolutely beatiful!

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    Jul 28, 2009, 10.12 AMby candyjoyce

    This is really cool, I love clothes with the details at the back. I wish I had seen this earlier, I am in the late stages of making a dress for a wedding this weekend and if i’d have seen this sooner i would have defo stolen/borrowed this idea…

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