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Beautiful Victorian bustle walking dress in a lovely cotton fabric. This walking style dress has a long jacket and an apron overskirt. Very flattering design and produces a long line which makes you slim and stylish.

This particular dress is from the Natural Form era. In an issue of Harper's Bazar, October 1875, they stated "The ideal at present is the greatest possible flatness and straightness: a woman is a pencil covered with rainment". It was however, several years before the bustle was completely abandoned. From the mid 1870's to the very early 1880's the styles were very flat and the bustle was put away for a few years to accomodate the new straight styles. In fact, at the end of the Natural Form era the styles were so streamlined and restrictive it was hard for woman following fashion to take normal steps. Often the skirts were tied at the knees for sake of fashion and walking was restricted. The bodices were often of the cuirass style, which were snug fitting and cut at the hips or below.
This is a 3 piece outfit consisting of a cuirass bodice, an underskirt and an overskirt. I use a high quality quilters cotton ( has a larger cotton content than broadcloth) and a cotton muslin in creating this outfit. The dress is decorated with a quilters cotton calico. This is a great outfit for summer. Very cool and breathable. The pattern was drafted using historical guidelines for accuracy. I draft my own patterns and research them. I have made several of this style outfit for people and they seem very pleased with its design and comfort.

The bodice is made from a quilters cotton in a solid cotton color. The bodice style is cuirass and extends below the hips creating the wonderful slimming effect of the Natural Form era. It buttons up the front with silver or gold tone buttons. I can also make fabric buttons if you like that better. It has a collar and lapel and they are made from a cotton calico with a floral design to contrast a bit. The floral cotton will match the color you choose. It has a 2 piece fitted sleeve and has cuffs of the same floral calico cotton as the collar. The back has 2 small pleats at the hips for ease in walking. Bodice is completely lined with a cotton broadcloth fabric. It is also inner lined with a cotton muslin to add structure to the bodice pieces. The underskirt is made from the same cotton as the bodice. It has a basic gored design with a flat front and the width of the fabric is pleated on the back of the skirt. It closes with a hook and bar at the side back. Skirt is very narrow, as was the style, and is finished with french seams inside for neatness. Bottom of the skirt hem has a 5" band of the floral cotton to add visual interest to the skirt and tie it in with the bodice. This floral band is gathered slightly to give it a small "poufed" effect.

The third piece of this ensemble is an overskirt. This is made from the same cotton to keep continuity in the outfit. The overskirt is very simple and does not have any decoration. It is drawn up on the sides and pleated to give a lovely drape to the overskirt. It also has 2 sets of ties inside to further "bustle" and draw in the overskirt making it hang very nicely when all together. These ties can be adjusted for individual taste and look. The skirt and overskirt together give a slim "bustled appearance" but is not generally worn with a formal bustle. This was the style at the time. All seams are finished and serged.

Measurements needed:

Length - measurement from waist to hem
Back width - measurement from armpit to armpit across the back

Outfit consists of three (3) pieces: Cuirass bodice, underskirt and overskirt.

Lead time on this outfit is 3 weeks from order date before shipping. Please be aware of this when ordering. Also, please provide your measurements and color choice when ordering.

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Victorian Bustle Walking Dress Historical Costume Gown Summer LARP


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  • Materials: cotton, buttons
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