1880s Victorian Bustle Dress, 3 Piece Suit with Blouse. 100% Cotton with antique buttons and lace. 38" Chest, 29" Waist. by TheAntiqueSewist
Victorian clothing was very form fitting. These measurements reflect a tight fit.
Hem: 40" at front
**To see many more pictures and construction details, visit the blog post: http://antiquesewist.blogspot.com/2015/12/1880s-plaid-three-piece-suit-fashion.html
For Sale: A reproduction of an 1880s three-piece suit and blouse: Skirt, Jacket, Waistcoat, and blouse. I made all parts from my own drafting and design, except for the blouse which I made using a commercially available pattern. I copied the overall look from an 1863 fashion plate, which I altered to suit the bustle eras (see pics).
*This garment is designed to be worn over a bustle (not included). You may wear it without a bustle if you wish, but if you do the skirt will drag with a mild train and be more suited to the Natural Form era (1877-1882).
Jacket: Fully interfaced in medium weight cotton and fully lined in blue "super silky" rayon. The paid fabric is 100% cotton in a homespun weave. The front of the jacket is raised above waist level in a cut-away style. The collar is technically a shawl collar, but I have shaped the edges to be a more traditional lapel.
The lower edge of the jacket is a separate "peplum", self lined, and split at the center back…edged with gray needle lace.
The sleeves are full length ending in wide French cuffs. The cuffs are edged with gray cotton needles lace. The jacket closure at the center front is with 4 silver metal buttons.
Waistcoat: Done in blue cotton, fully interfaced in twill, and fully lined in blue "super silky" rayon. The armholes are edged with self piping. the bottom edge front and neckline are trimmed with a tight knife pleating of the same fabric. The buttons are silver metal.
Skirt: This is a single panel skirt with only one seam at the center back. The hem is shaped to accommodate a bustle. The width is pleated to the waistband. Closure is at the center back with a large hook/bar.
Blouse: This is a "Garibaldi" blouse that is actually from the 1860s, though it easily translates to later eras. It is made of fine, semi-sheer cotton with a woven pattern of leaves. The sleeves are very wide and gathered the armhole and wrist cuffs. The collar is a simple standing collar, interfaced and bound.
The blouse buttons are antique glass buttons, 3/8". The lace at the center front is salvaged from an antique needle lace collar. It was a child's collar and too narrow for any adult applications, so I used it for this purpose instead.Read More (View all photos)