Sunday, December 30, 2012

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V345: Finished 1880 "Lobster Tail" Bustle

I finished off my electric blue "lobster tail" tournure this morning, and I'm really happy with the result!  I took lots of photos of the construction, so I will write a tutorial soon, but for now, here is the finished thing:


The whole thing is made out of this weird glazed batiste stuff I had in the stash.  I was having trouble imagining it as a dress, but I hate waste, so it has become this obnoxiously blue bustle.

With the help of lovely Elizabeth L., and looking at some of the extant tails from The Met, I worked out a simple 3-piece pattern I will show you later.  Also, special thanks to everyone who commented on yesterday's post, and on Facebook, with so many helpful tips!

The tail uses 7 bones, tied across inside with twill tapes.  There are buttons on the 2nd tier up that will serve for attaching another ruffle, for even more floof.

Here is the effect this bustle gives beneath the Green Acres underskirt, with one petticoat to support:


This could do with another petticoat and that additional ruffle on the bustle, to help it kick out even more in back, while keeping the nice straight, bulk-free front.

Tomorrow I shall endeavor to share how I made the tail, so stay tuned :-)
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18 comments:

  1. Wow. I love that color and you made it so fast.

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    1. Thanks! Towards the end it gets unweildy, but in general the construction is surprisingly straightforward. I'm still working on my tutorial, but I'll have it up soon :-)

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  2. so, I'm a sucker for electric-blue - but wow! that looks great, as does the skirt. Can't wait to see it all together.

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    1. I secretly love electric blue too, haha.

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  3. So many extant bustles were obnoxious colours and prints, so I think yours fits the bill beauifully. I love it!!

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    1. I love the bright red and bright purple ones. I've never seen a bright blue one, but never say never, right? :-)

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  4. No more bustle slump! The bustle and skirt look fantastic!

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  5. I actually like the blue; it's cool to make historical undies interesting. The skirt looks so great over it, too! You can also add weights right above the hem of the skirt to make it train "just so."

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    1. Great tip! Weights would make a big difference, I think...

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  6. That is very beautiful. You did an amazing job.

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  7. Wow! The skirt looks gorgeous over that! Lovely lovely lovely!

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  8. Oh WOW, that looks great! I love the intense color, and the shape is fabulous. No boring white undies for you!

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    1. I LIKE boring white undies! I just...also like obnoxiousness, hehehe

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  9. How do you sit down in it if the wires go below your bum? I've only ever had short bustles, so I'm curious.

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    1. Hi, Jenny, sitting IS a bit of an engineering problem! You kind of perch on one cheek, at the edge of a chair, with the back of the skirt draped to one side. And of course, becau your corset keeps your torso upright, your legs stretch out a bit, which shows off the beautiful skirt even more.
      Nancy N

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  10. Lauren, congrats on getting it done before the new year. Now you don't have a new UFO for the new year, right? Best wishes in the new year. May it prosperous and wonderful for you and Chris. I really appreciate your work, your sharing of your wonderful gift of creativity. Thank you. Cheers!

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    1. Thank you, Angela! I wish you a wonderful New Year as well. Your gown from the Palace tea looks absolutely scrumptious!

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