For the HSF challenge nr 12, I decided to make an “light” entry as well as my original (which I will tell you about next time).
I’ve been pondering some different ways to get my upcoming steampunk outfit to bustle out nicely without the use of petticoats and big bustle cages. I’ve tried it on using my relativly smal “Lobster buste“, but that didn’t work since the bustle showed to much – I needed a smaler one.
So I decided to make a taveling mini-bustle to use for this costume, and since you can never have to many underthingies it’s a go.
I then stiched the main pieces (right sides togeter, at the bottom) turned it over and sewed the boning chanels. At the same time I folded the edges under, and attached the ribbons. Making sure one side was open for the bones to go in.
Then I attached the wasitband, folded it over and stiched it down.
Lastly I inserted the boning, sewed the chanels shut and attached the metal rings for clouser to the wasitband. Then I tied the ribbons into rosets and had a finished worka ble mini bustle.
All in all this project took me about two hours to make, and it was so simple and fun.
Just the Facts:
Challenge: 12 Shape and Support (Light Entry)
What: A smal traveling bustle ca 1880s.
Pattern: None. Just one rectangel shaped piece and a waistband.
Fabric: 1 m of cotton sheet (donated to me a long time ago).
Notions: Thread, Belt hooks, 3,5 m of steel wire.
How historical accurate: Not sure but I think it is pretty good. Both the material and the sewing tecniques was used during he period. And since this seems to be the simplest and most straight forward way of making a bustle, I’m sure some peolple back then must have done so.
Time: 2 hours.
Cost: 50 Sek (8Usd) at the most. (Guess it fits into next weeks challenge to ;-))
First worn: only for photos around the house so far. But I’m planing to use it as part of my upcoming steampunk outfit.
Final thoughts: lookin at the pictures now I se that I should have made the top edge shorter, to bring thewhole thing up a bit thous making the top chanal sit a bit higher.
But all in all this was such a cheap and quick project. I loved how easy it went togeter, and it really helped me get past my recent sewing block.