I realized that in order to get the best fit on the top of the dress I really need to have the skirt done. I started the skirt and then got sidetracked on a waist cincher I'm redoing but here is skirt progress:
What shape I wanted, first with the original book dress photo:
Then there is a piece I own that one day I will recreate (totally not wearable, shreds when you touch it):
To get the look I used a Truly Victorian pattern for an 1870s skirt with multiple pieces/seams:
|This is the front portion of the skirt and the side fronts cut as one piece.|
|I barley had enough room but managed to get the back and side backs onto one piece of fabric. Again I added length to the back piece as well.|
To get a more pronounced 1880s bustle I've decided to use a wire cage that I own. It was a back room vintage store find and was very inexpensive years ago. The downside is that it was never in good shape and I didn't take good care of it over several moves and it is in pretty bla shape...one day I'll do it right but right now it is a disaster. I know people have varying opinions on whether to wear original pieces but I plan to and hope for the best.
I had previously sewn the TV bustle which I made up without the additional ruffles. I layered this over the bustle cage and got a really good shape for the dress. Now I haven't yet tested this out for wearability, and since this will be a tea with a lot of sitting, I hope this works...(crossing fingers).
When I tacked all the pieces on this is what it looks like. Nothing is sewn but you get the gist: