You’ll have oh-so-lovely costumed adventures in this beautiful Victorian bustle gown. The bodice is a real steel boned corset, to pull in your waist and encase you in satin and lace. The skirt is a hitchable design – and it’s just as practical as it is attractive. A ruffle runs all the way around the hem for a beautiful flared silhouette.
The skirt hitches via ties attached to the inside. I’ve designed it so that when you pull on them fully, the ruffle touches the fabric where it drapes in the front, and it looks like a whole new skirt! It’s roughly knee length in front. If you’d like a full length look in back, wear it with the included bustle petticoat.
This look can’t be worn at full length without the bustle, both for the best “look” and for durability issues (it makes it too easy to accidently step on the ruffle in the back and tear it) – but when hitched, you can absolutely wear it without! This gives you a third look – a cute, roughly knee length skirt that is flatteringly fluffy about the hips.
Please take your measurements (instructions here). Choose the size that the majority of your measurements fit within.
Also please provide your measurements to me when you check out, so I can tweak my patterns as needed to fit you perfectly.
The price in this listing is discounted (10% off each handmade item), as it’s a bit faster to make something I’ve made before, and requires less time spent communicating what I’m making for you. To avoid confusion, since the price is calculated based on the corset you choose, I created this listing with the discount already figured in. If you contact me to request a custom gown based on this design, please expect to pay about 10% additional.
If you like, I can make a hat to match this dress for you. Several styles are possible, each of which matches nicely with the satin and lace. I can make full-size top hats in with a satin ribbon band to match this look:
My lace-all-over Kentucky-Derby style hats also are an excellent match for this dress:
Finally, it would be possible to create this fedora-style tilt hat from the same fabric used to make your gown:
Are there alternate fabrics available for this dress?
Many of my fabrics are too thick to gather properly – and the ruffle at the bottom of the skirt requires a gatherable fabric. This gown can be created from exactly two fabrics in addition to bridal satin – taffeta, and cotton. I have not found taffeta or cotton corsets which match my fabrics, so with either of these, we’ll need to coordinate the corset with the trim instead of with the gown’s fabric.
I recommend pairing Taffeta fabric with a corset in black satin, and black satin pleated ribbon trim over black lace. With Cotton fabric, I recommend a corset in black brocade with black grosgrain ribbon trim over black lace.
Can you make this item with a different color trim (IE, without black)?
The lace overlay only comes in black, I’m afraid, but if we pair this look with a brocade corset in white or ivory, and switch the trim to double layer grosgrain in either white or ivory, it becomes possible to create this look with white or ivory trim.
I already own a bustle petticoat. Can I order this gown without the petticoat?
Is it my bustle petticoat? If so then absolutely! Please contact me for a custom listing discounted the cost of the petticoat ($125).
If it’s a bustle purchased from someone else, it’s likely not to work. This skirt requires exact dimensions, exact squishability, along with exact firmness to fit correctly, and look flattering. Also, it’s very likely that parts of your bustle could catch on the skirt when you try to hitch it, and make its best feature less useable!
I already have a corset. Can I order just the bolero, bustle, and skirt?
I’m afraid that I don’t offer made-to-order gowns without purchase of matching corset. I have to turn custom orders down on a regular basis since it’s just me designing and sewing all these creations. Since my available time to sew custom orders is extremely limited, I must reserve it for full-gown customers only.