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Wool Bustle Dress

Wool Bustle Dress
C.1887. Blue/grey wool bustle 2pc dress. The bodice features a button front and some of the original buttons still attached. Blue/grey ribbon trimming down the front. Stand collar, fitted bodice, puffed sleeves at shoulder, ribbons at cuff. Fully lined in brown cotton sateen with boning. Back tails to lay over bustle. Waist 24, back length 15, bust 34.
Bustleskirt is cut in two layers. Underskirt is plain, fully lined in brown cotton sateen with a very stiff hem facing. Overskirt is draped at front, pleated at sides into deep tucks at back to create fall over bustle. On one side of the dress, the overskirt is attached to the bustle with 3 ribbons ending in bows. Hook and eye closure. Inside of skirt has casings to insert steels for bustle support. Waist 24, skirt length 42. Considerable moth damage to dress with areas of fading. Some moth holes have been darned.
(Formerly Melanie Talkington)