Gray Natural Form Bustle Dress
Gray Natural Form Bustle Dress

Gray jacquard satin acetate natural form bustle dress with polyester lace and organza for a wedding reception or PEERS or Gaskell's dance. Natural form bustle skirts have more fullness in the back, but follow the natural form so do not have the large frames/posteriors that are more prevalent in the early 1870s and 1880s. Note: Dress form is a little large for the bodice of this dress.

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Items constructed for this costume:



Gray jacquard satin acetate with embroidered polyester organza ruffled neck edge and white braid and bead trim. Three quarter sleeves gathered at top with organza ruffles on edge, white braid and bead trim and gray satin bow. Back-laced through buttonholes. Embroidered organza apron attached to back by buttonholes and buttons.

Pattern base Butterick 3012 with sleeves from Simplicity 5457.

bodice bodice sleevedetail detail



Gray jacquard satin acetate front gored underskirt has larger panel in the back that is gathered in back for more fullness and has hidden back pockets, ribbon drawstring on set waistband, back hook and eye closure. Gray lace on bottom edge with two rows of gray satin ribbon.

Pattern base Simplicity 5457.

underskirt underskirt underskirt

bustle overskirt


Embroidered gray polyester organza bustle overskirt is gathered into a band and tied to underskirt with ribbons.
bustle overskirt side bustle overskirt detail

Pattern base Simplicity 5457.



Gray jacquard satin acetate reticule has drawstring.

Pattern base Simplicity 5418.

bustle bow


Embroidered gray polyester organza and gray lace ribbon can be tied to the bodice apron with gray satin ribbons.
bustle bow

Completed: March 2008. 12 hrs 47 minutes