I had to make a new bustle for my victorian stuff, because I gave my old one to a friend. I used the Mantua Maker pattern again and tried to fix some issues the old bustle had, but it only resulted in more issues. Oh well. It still does what it's supposed to do. I probably won't use the pattern again though. I'm not sure how accurate it really is, the pattern pieces look odd and the whole thing feels wrong somehow. But then I'm by no means an expert. Anyway, it works and that's the important thing.
This is also my item for the first challenge of the Historical Sew Monthly 2015, yay! :)
The Challenge: No. 1: Foundations
Fabric: sturdy charcoal cotton
Pattern: The Mantua-Maker 1880s Bustle
Year: ca 1885
Notions: black poly thread, steel boning, tape
How historically accurate is it? Fabric type and colour are pretty accurate, it's machine sewn but that's alright for the 1880s. As mentioned above I'm not sure about the pattern though.
Hours to complete: I never track these things. 6-8 hours, I guess.
First worn: to a Victorian LARP on Jan 24th 2015
Total cost: no idea, everything came from stash.