This was my very first 1880s bustle dress, made for a Victorian event on the Isle of Wight's steam railway last year. Although the railway did exist in the 1860s, I decided that clambering on and off of trains all weekend in a crinoline was not going to be practical. Moreover, I was eager to try out a new decade of Victorian fashion and the bustle silhouette.
The outfit was made using all Truly Victorian patterns : the TV101 Petticoat with wire bustle, TV170 Victorian Petticoats, TV261 1885 Four-gore Underskirt, TV364 Autumn Overskirt and TV463 1884 French Vest Bodice.
|TV 101 - Image from Vena Cava Design|
|TV 170 - Image from Vena Cava Design|
|TV 261 - Image from Vena Cava Design|
|TV364 - Image from Vena Cava Design|
|TV 463 - Image from Vena Cava Design|
I very much enjoyed wearing this dress and it was the perfect choice for steam travel. Easy to wear and to ride on the trains.
I accessorised with vintage rust-coloured gloves, a small antique wooden case, my Vena Cava lace parasol (although I can't wait to have a go at covering my own parasol) and a small bonnet made using the same materials as the outfit and Lynn McMasters late Victorian pattern.
And I had lots of fun posing for photographs on and off of the trains, including some beautiful shots taken by a photographer friend who created some really lovely images for me.
|Photographs courtesy of David White Photography, Ventnor, IoW|
|Photograph courtesy of David White Photography, Ventnor, IoW|
|With Mr Alexander, and auditioning....(for what I'm not quite sure!)|
Later, when the heat finally got to me and the public had gone home, I did something very un-Victorian and decided to remove my dress and relax in my underwear. This may have been very unlady-like and inauthentic but it did mean that I got some nice pictures of my underpinnings!