Patterns of History 1873 Bustle. Based on an original in the Costume Collection of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Includes Period Notes, information on creating an accurate look for the finished period dress, and patterns for the bustle. A bustle such as this one was worn by all properly dressed women between 1870 - 1875. Bustles helped maintain the big puff at the back of fashionable dresses. Flexible boning in the bustles made it possible for women to sit down. One size.
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