Early Bustle Patterns 1869 - 1876

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    This petticoat bustle is based on an actual garment as seen in Harper's Bazaar magazine. This pattern will create a moderate sized bustle, proportioned to your hip size (one size does not fit all). It can be used as support for either 1870's or 1880's style of bustle dress. When combined with the TV170 Victorian Petticoat, you have the perfect foundation for you bustle dresses. This petticoat has a center front closure, and four hoop bones built into the back. This design allows for structural support for heavy skirts combined with ease of movement and wearability (you can sit down without making any adjustments to the bustle!!)

    No other bustle pattern can offer this amount of comfort and style. Just put it on and forget it.  Petticoat will also fold flat for ease of storage.

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    This pattern has an assortment of chemisettes and cuffs, suitable for the 1870's. Collars I and J are suitable for the 1880's and 1890's. These chemisettes are perfect for filling in a low cut diner bodice, making it more suitable for day wear. Or they can add interest to a more conservative neckline. The cuffs can fill out wide sleeves, or give a nice finish to a narrow sleeve.

    There are two full chemisette styles, high neck and V-neck. Both have center front button closure, and have ties at the waist line to hold it in place. The high neck version has 5 collar styles, and the V-neck has 3 collars.

    There are 3 styles of under-sleeves with a variety of 5 cuffs. The first has a full gathered under-sleeve. Another is a fitted under-sleeve style. These two are great for filling in a wide sleeve. The last is a double cuff, or reversible cuff, that can be worn with a narrow sleeve. It has no under-sleeve, but has two styles of cuffs attached back-to-back at the wrist, either cuff being viewable as desired.

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    This is a chemise and drawers combined into one garment. This style of underwear first appeared in 1876, and was very popular due the reduction in bulk at the waist of a more fitted type of undergarment. Very comfortable to wear and versatile, this underwear is indispensable for the reenactor of all periods. With 3 different necklines, this garment can be used under virtually any dress, both day and evening styles. The crotch seam is left open and is finished with facings. The legs are finished with a simple band below the knee. The center front closes with buttons.

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    This style of chemise can be found as early as 1865, and lasts through the Victorian Period. The neckline is finished with a moderately low, round yoke, with a pointed front/round back. It has a button at each shoulder, which will allow the shoulder straps to be dropped for wear under low, or off-shoulder bodices.


    The drawers have a fitted waistband with a center front button closure. The crotch seam is left open and is finished with bias tape facings. The legs are finished with a plain hem, at mid-calf length, as is common for 1860s drawers.

    Recommended fabrics: Muslin, broadcloth, flannel, linen, silk, or other natural fiber materials.

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    This petticoat bustle is based on an actual garment as seen in Harper's Bazaar magazine. This pattern will create a large sized bustle, perfect for the large, almost hoop-like fashions of 1869-1875. This petticoat has a center front closure, and 5 hoop bones built into the back, and two bones around the entire hem. This design allows for structural support for heavy skirts combined with ease of movement and wearability (you can sit down without making any adjustments to the bustle!!) This petticoat will also fold flat for ease of storage.

    No other bustle pattern can offer this amount of comfort and style. Just put it on and forget it.

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    In a search for a bigger, better bustle we have come up with the Imperial Tournure. Tournure is the French term for bustle. Based on the lobster tail design, it has 7 wires in total. The upper wires are set in at an angle in a fan shape, which give a round outline to your bustle and plenty of strength to support your heaviest skirts. Ending a little above the knee, this bustle folds up easily to make sitting in any chair effortless. This bustle has side panels that wrap around the body to the front, which holds the bustle perfectly in place, and keeps it from shifting.

    This bustle comes in two sizes of prominence, Imperial and Regular. The Regular size is similar to the TV101/TV108 bustles. The Imperial size is quite a bit larger, and is perfect for 1887-88 impressions. The Imperial bustle may require length adjustments to our existing skirt patterns, which are discussed in the instructions.

    In the photos:  The Black bustle is Regular size, and the green stripe bustle is Imperial size.

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    This pattern contains instructions for four different petticoats, suitable for the years 1870-1897. Historically accurate, these petticoats are perfect to help hold the silhouettes required for each individual era. The front is fitted with darts at the waist to help eliminate bulk. The closure is in the center back with a drawstring, for all views. The middle flounce has optional tucks to help stiffen the petticoat.

    View 1
    1870-1876 - Early bustle.
    This version is a full flounced petticoat with extra length in the back to fit over a bustle.

    View 2
    1877-1882 - Natural Form.
    This version has a slim front and does not fit over a bustle. Suitable for under Tie-Back style skirts. Also works well for 1890-1891 slim skirts.

    View 3
    1883-1889 - Late Bustle.
    This petticoat has the slim front needed for this era, plus has a full back with extra length to fit over a bustle.

    View 4
    1890-1897 - Bell Epoch.
    This skirt has the full front needed to hold the wide skirts fashionable during this period. Does not fit over a bustle.

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    This skirt is drafted based on a tailoring method actually used in the 1870's. It is designed to be worn with an overskirt or polonaise, and bustle TV101 or TV108. The full skirt is flat in front with gathers or pleats in back, with the extra fullness shifted to the back. It has the traditional five gores and a full width in back. The placket is in the left side back seam. A pocket is in the right side seam. An optional 12" ruffle can be added to the hem.

    This skirt is suitable for just about everything. It can be left plain for day wear, or elaborately trimmed for evening. Mix and match overskirts for different looks. This pattern also can be used for petticoats.

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    This skirt is of the style used during the transitional period of 1868 to 1872, when the hoop was giving way to the bustle. It is designed to be worn over TV108 Grand Bustle, or a small elliptical hoop. The very full skirt is fitted to the waist in front, with the extra fullness shifted to the back. It has the traditional five gores and a full width in back. The placket is in the left side back seam. A pocket is in the right side seam. The hem is floor length in front, gets longer at the sides and is demi-trained with an 8" sweep in back.

    This skirt is suitable for just about any use. This skirt can be left plain, as many post civil war skirt were, or heavily decorated as in the 1870's. Mix and match overskirts for different looks. This pattern also can be used for petticoats.

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    These skirts are drafted based on a tailoring method actually used in the 1870's. It is designed to be worn over bustle TV101 or TV108.

    Skirt A has the traditional five gores and two widths in back for train length. The full overskirt is pulled up in the center back and has four sashes hanging down the back.

    Skirt B has the five gore front and a double width back, pleated at the side back for a "pouf." The front apron is also pleated on the sides for gentle swags. On both skirts, the placket is in the center back seam. An optional pocket is in the right side seam.

    Both skirts are suitable for a variety of events: balls, reenactments, weddings. Keep the trims simple for day wear, or for evening, add elaborate trims, ruffles, and ruches.

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    This skirt is drafted based on an actual garment as seen in a photograph taken in 1875, in Paris. The skirt base is the traditional 5 front gores and full back. The front has two swags, one high and one low on the skirt. The sides are trimmed with vertical ruches simulating a separate panel. The back can be made either bouffant or flat, with a very full train added. The closure is in the left side back seam. An optional pocket is in the right side seam.

    The original dress was of a plaid silk, but anything will look nice. Best when worn with bustle TV101 or TV108. An extra trained petticoat may help to hold the dress to a better shape. This skirt is suitable for evening parties or weddings, or other fancy occasions.

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    This apron is drafted based on an actual garment as seen in an 1872 pattern catalog. It is designed to be worn with an underskirt and petticoat TV101 or TV108. The apron is flat in front , and has wide sashes that tie over the bustle and hang down the back. This style works well if worn with a bodice that has a long basque behind to cover the tie. It is shown here with TV400 Bodice.

    A very simple apron, it is suitable for a nice visiting skirt, or with elaborate trimming, would make a nice ball gown overskirt.

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    This skirt is drafted based on an actual garment as seen in an 1872 pattern catalog. It is designed to be worn with an underskirt and petticoat TV101. The apron is lightly swaged in front with pleats at the side seam. The side back has pleated drapes hanging loosely down the side of the bustle. Two sashes hang from the enter back.. The closure is in the center back. This overskirt would look especially nice over a poufed underskirt, without the back sashes.

    This skirt is suitable for a nice visiting skirt, or with elaborate trimming, would make a nice ball gown overskirt.

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    This Square overskirt was a very popular style in 1875 and 1876. It is designed to be worn with an underskirt and petticoat TV101. The apron is smooth in front with gathers at the side backs making "fans" over the top of the bustle. Between the fans is a poufed back section with 2 tails falling below the poufs. The closure is in the center back.

    This skirt is suitable for a nice visiting skirt, or with elaborate trimming, would make a nice ball gown overskirt. Bordered fabrics would look especially nice, as the apron is cut on the cross grain. Many examples of this style have braid work or ribbon scrolled along the square edge. The back poufs were often of the contrasting fabric, but may also be the same fabric.

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    This overskirt is designed to be worn with an underskirt and bustle petticoat TV101. It can be worn for both the early 1870's, or the 1880's style bustle. The front apron is swaged in front with large pleats at the side seams. The back has large poufs which are held in place by tapes. It can be made either round or pointed in front, and round or square behind. (The back can be lengthened to train length if desired.) The closure is in the left side seam.

    This skirt is fabulous for a ball gown. It will also make a very fashionable day dress.

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