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1885 Red Silk Bustle by CostumierClare 1885 Red Silk Bustle by CostumierClare
Made in the final year of my Costume degree. A bustle loosely based on an 1870's design that I re-interpreted to fit an 1885 silhouette. The military style rouleau work on the front panel was inspired by an 1885 jacket, and took a fairly long time to both make and turn the self-fabric rouleau and apply the design. The entire dress, including the buttons which I had made by a local button supplier, is made from the same red silk. The two-toned effect is from using the reverse side of the fabric for alternating panels. I also made the matching hat of black felt with red silk velvet and black dupioni silk accents and hand beaded hat band.
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AmberLynnL Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
pretty :3
slavena13 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Absolutely amazing detail love the dress
ViolinGoddess Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
This is fu#&king INSANE!!  Every detail is amazing in it's quality of workmanship, design, and dedication!!  I can't even begin to imagine how many yards of fabric or the approximate time in hours it took for you to finish this masterpiece.  I bow to a Master Costumer!!

~Violin Goddess
KiusLady Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely wonderful work!! :)
Blythe-Zarozinia Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
It's gorgeous!!! It's absolutely stunning :D
aussiechicksteph Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
This is sooooo gorgeous, wow you are amazingly talented!!
IsleofLostSouls Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Absolutely beautiful. Truly, it's too bad this isn't more a common style today.
Karanski Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Wow. just... wow :D
hollymessinger Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Smashing. Love the military influence.
ProfessorBats Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
I am speechless. It is utterly fantabulous. I love the use of both sides of the fabic, great touch.
magic-needle Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fabulous work! The detail is stunning. I particularly like the asymmetry of the front panel--a great touch. The subtlety of reversing the fabric add so much. A very beautiful piece!
seams-unusual Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is brilliant!!! I love the "two toned" effect, the fitting on the back (SWOON) and all the detailing!
The piping on the front is made of the same red silk, yes? Did you cover a cord with some bias cut? How many yards of trim went into that many curly-cues?
CostumierClare Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes - the rouleau is the same silk! I covered cord - it was 5 lengths of 2 meters all up in the front, so around 10 meters. It's not one continuous piece - there's several joins hidden where the cord crosses itself. Thanks for the compliments!
seams-unusual Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
DietCokeFiend Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013   Artisan Crafter
I love the visual you created by using the front and back of the fabric. I also really like the style lines on the back of the jacket. Excellent work :)
Battlefield-Angel Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Breathtaking. Absolutely a masterpiece of skill and creativity- it looks like it belongs in a House of Worth exhibit- which is the greatest compliment anyone doing mid to late 19th century costuming can be given, of course. Exquisite work, from the choice of color and fabric to the construction and finishing touches.
CostumierClare Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Daww. You honour me.
avfc4me Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Tarafina Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! Perfection! AAA+.
CintiaSand Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
So beautiful! :heart:
ThePenniesInMyShoes Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
KatTrapp Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
WOW . You are so talented DEAR! I want use it to my photos haha *_*
kiyotea Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
I think this is so cool! The cut and style of the dress is astonishing, and the color is simply divine!
PorrcelainDoll Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! How long did it take to complete it?
estewart2 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Can you get patterns for these different styles anywhere ? I would love to do something like this but really don't know where to start without a pattern
CostumierClare Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I was working on a lot of otherr projects at the time, so it was on and off over the course of a year. All up, probably close to a month of dedicated work time.
DesignMomma Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very pretty!
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