I know, it’s the middle of July, and where I am it’s the middle of summer. Despite that, I’m doing a post with pictures of winter bustle dresses. The main reason is that I got new shoes! American Duchess was having a sale, and I couldn’t resist, and I got the Victoria carriage boots. They’re black winter boots with bows in the front, and I really love them. It’s quite difficult to find proper warm winter boots that look good underneath a skirt, so I splurged, and suspect I’ll wear them quite a bit out of costume as well!
Of course, having Victorian winter boots got me dreaming about wool and fur bustle dresses. So now I want to make one. I have a lot of fabric for other planned projects though, so who knows if and when that’ll happen, but until then, inspiration pictures!
Let’s start with some early bustle beauties.
There are also some beautiful examples from the 1880’s.
Aside from these colored plates, I also found some black-white examples. I particularly love all the braiding on the first one.
How do you differentiate the 1870s bustle style from the later replay in the 1880s?
There are some small differences, although I have to say it’s easier to determine with fashion plates than with actual dresses, as plates all copy the same ideal figure. Generally speaking though; ’70s has a higher waist, and the bustle flares out from a bit higher. You see more trains (almost always) in the ’70’s than in the ’80s (only very formal gowns), the skirt shapes in the ’70s are mostly symmetrical while in the ’80s asymmetrical became more popular and the ’70s dresses are generally more heavily trimmed. And in the ’70s you have more width in the skirt hem. It still stands out a bit more, getting wider towards the bottom (certainly in the back). In the ’80’s its more straight down from the bustle.
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So tempting. I recognized the green/teal gown in the last of the 1870s plates, as Izabela from Prior Attire made a version of it (https://adamselindisdress.blog/2014/10/28/february-dress-1876/) a few years back.
I’ve seen it yes! Such a beautiful reproduction.
I want all of these fur trimmed ensembles! How (or where?) I would wear them all I don’t know… but I want them! I, too, have the carriage boots and love them with modern skirts for winter. They are comfy, warm, and cute!
Occasions to wear are not always relevant in what to make ;). We do actually have a couple of events in winter which might be appropriate, so it’s tempting.
Oh I hope you give in to temptation so we can see one of these in action! 🙂
It’s like you’ve read my mind! I have a post queued for next week with winter fashion plates (which is totally appropriate now that half my country is buried in snow right now thanks to a big storm…)
I recently made a faux fur muff and absolutely love it – I’ve also been toying with the idea or using the leftover fur to trim an overskirt or making detachable cuffs for one of my bodices…
Fur just adds such an element of elegance and luxury doesn’t it? (I would only ever use faux though =)
I’ll keep an eye out for your post! I also made a muff in the past for a regency ensemble and it was great for a cold winter event. And the fur really does provide the finishing touch to make a really wintery dress, though I’m with you on the faux thing :).