PieceWork Recommends: Bustle Fashions 1885–1887
Bustle Fashions 1885–1887: 41 Patterns with Fashion Plates and Suggestions for Adaptation is a requisite for Victorian clothing style identification and dating and re-creation with step-by-step instructions. These high-quality dress patterns are from the height of the bustle era, when the waist was flattered by a close fitting bodice, there was fullness below the waist in back, and flowing skirt “draperies” were a highlight. The patterns are from the original publications used by both amateur and professional dressmakers. A companion volume with no duplicate pattern information is Directoire Revival Fashions 1888–1889.
Bustle Fashions 1885–1887: 41 Patterns with Fashion Plates and Suggestions for Adaptation by Frances Grimble
San Francisco, California: Lavolta Press, 2010. Softbound, 446 pages, $49.00. ISBN 978-0-9636517-8-5.
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