I think every seamstress knows the feeling of wanting to make a hundred things, often at the same time. I personally have a couple of historical and other pieces of which I always think ‘I want to make that’. Time, money and skill are all finite though, so a lot of these will probably stay dreams. Dreaming is fun though, and you never know. I can only give the inspirational example of Cathy Hay, who decided to just go ahead and re-create the (nearly) impossible by tackling a reproduction of an Edwardian dress completely covered in feather embroidery (follow her blog here: http://thepeacockdress.com/ ). As I have way to many favorites, in this post I’ll focus on bustle fashions.
So, completely disregarding how difficult it might be to get it right in material and cut, here’s my 1870-1880’s wish-list: