1869 Bustle Dress, Front1869 Bustle Dress, back

I moved from 1864 founded Prescott, Arizona, to 1870 founded Durango, Colorado–AND the first event was only a week away!  So, converting an existing gown seemed like the only way to go.  The fact that I could use up more of the fabulous wool plaid was also a plus.  This reworking of an older gown was fairly common at this time, so who am I to argue with the wisdom of our ancesors?

Since the base dress–waist and underskirt–were already done using Past Patters (see the 1864 Winter Day Dress page), this was my first foray into patternless drafting for the overskirt.  The apron skirt is one wide gore, with two waist tucks, and the back is a straight-edged rectangle, with box pleating, based upon ladies’ magazine patterns published at the time.