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This is a simple, easy way to take some basic dance pieces and turn them into a costume. You can create big bustles or little bustles. The usual practice is to put a larger bustle in the bag and a couple of smaller bustles in the front. This is a great technique if you want to introduce a little Victorian feel to your costume. We are going to show you how to create a bustle in the back and a couple of smaller bustles in the front. In our sample, we are going to use a black skirt for the skirt underneath and a shorter, pink skirt for the bustles. We are using these colors to make it easier to see what we are doing.
Long circle skirt
Short circle skirt
Thread to match the bustle’
Tulle, if desired
Flowers or Bows, if desired
We are going to use a black skirt and shorter, pink skirt for our sample so it will be easier to see what we are doing. The shorter, pink skirt will be used for the bustle. However, you can use any combination of colors make the skirt and the bustle the same. You, of course, can choose any combination of colors of your choice. The skirt and bustle can be the same color or different colors.
We are going to be making a larger bustle in back and several smaller bustles in the front.
On our sample, we are using black thread against the pink material so that you can see the stitching but you will want to use thread that matches the colors of the bustles.
When you place the bustle on top of the other skirt, you need to remember that if you bring the bustle up, you want to make sure that someone’s butt does not show.
The first thing about the bustle is that it is usually in the back of the skirt. Consequently, the first step is to fold the skirt along back seam. Some skirts do not have a seam in the back, but have two seams on the sides. In that case, fold the skirt in half with those seams touching which will create a fold down the center of the back and one down the center of the front. Using those folds, you can find the center back. If you intend to create smaller bustles in the front, this would be a good time to mark the center fold for use when making those smaller bustles.
Creating a bustle is largely just ruching it up. To create the bustle, insert the needle from the inside of the skirt into the center fold at the back of the skirt. Weave that needle in and out along the line created by the fold. Keep sewing in and out until you get to the top of the skirt ending with the needle on the inside. It is very important that your stitch line is perpendicular to the waistband. You can mark a straight line with seamstress’ chalk or a piece of soap along that center back fold as a guide for the sewing. We, however, are going to simply sew along the fold.
If you are making small bustles next to each other, they need to be parallel to each other and the same length. To ensure that they are the same length, you can use a small ruler or you could take a small piece of cardboard and cut it to the length that you want for the bustle. You could then use it as a guide to make sure that the bustles are the same size. If you want smaller bustles next to each other, they need to be the same size.
In the case of our sample, we have sewn the thread in and out and then when we pull it tight, the material gathers and becomes a bustle. The tighter you pull the thread, the more gathers you have and the more pronounced the bustle.
There is a manufacturer’s tag on our sample. We are going to tie the end of the thread to that tag. It just makes that stitching and the bustle a little stronger. If you do not have a tag to tie it off to, then you can tie the thread to the waistband or just stitch back through the bunched up material of the bustle a few times and then tie it off. This creates an anchor for the whole thing.
When you start the stitching the bustle at the hem of the skirt, it usually creates a ...