Mantua Maker 1868-1887 Traveling Bustle Pattern
1868 - 1887 Traveling Bustle Pattern #1870-2
Pattern taken directly from a 1871 Harper's Bazar issue.
Simple cloth bustle with no steels or hardware packs flat for travel!
For much of the 1870’s and 1880’s, the shape of the dress was determined by the strength of the bustle. A soft, drooping bustle gave a sloping, gentle silhouette. A stiff, layered bustle gave a sharp, aggressive outline. Yet many of these bustles were simply made of stiffened cloth.
A wired bustle could be pure misery to travel with. It might be covered with ruffles or box pleats, easily crushed in the suitcase wherein it took up way too much room. So an undergarment which traveled easily evolved.
This pattern is for one of these new traveling bustles: a light-weight, small cloth bustle with no steels or hardware that could be packed flat or in a roll and took up very little space. A simple undergarment, this bustle first appeared as a "Stiff Lace Bustle" in the October 7, 1871 issue of Harper's Bazar.
This pattern includes 4 pages of instructions with historical tips and 1 pattern sheet. It is printed on bond paper and enclosed in a re-sealable plastic bag.
All sizes Petite to Full are included:
Add to your 1870s ensemble with this lightweight bustle and take your impression to more events without sacrificing the silhouette or your suitcase.