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“1870s Lobster Tail Bustle and Petticoat”

1870-02 Lobster Tail Bustle and Petticoat


Pattern 1870-02
Multi- Size Pattern in Large, Medium, Small, and XSmall. Designed to fit 18-inch American Girl Dolls, 18-inch Gotz and Kidz ‘n’ Cats Doll, 18-inch Carpatina Dolls, and 16-inch A Girl For All Time Dolls

“1870s Lobster Tail Bustle and Petticoat” Supplement to “Victorian Unmentionables”, by Thimbles and Acorns

PLEASE NOTE: The “A Girl For All Time” size has changed from Small to Extra Small in this and future patterns.

Fashion is where expression meets practicality and lures it into the realm of the extreme. Though fashion trends have a tendency to push the limits, practicality always manages to bring them back into balance… at least for a time. Full skirts were the hallmark of the early Victorian era and by the 1860s they had expanded to as wide as six feet in diameter. However, as railroads began forging paths around the world, women began to travel more and more. Full skirts and crinolines made for poor traveling companions and the boundary for this fashion trend had been reached. Still, it would be a gallant exit. The 1870s saw a great boom in the textile industry. Hand looms were replaced by more efficient steam driven power looms which resulted in a larger supply of cloth and fancy trims at greatly reduced prices. The great cage crinolines were shed and the surplus fabric from the full skirts was draped in elaborately decorated layers and pulled toward the back in large bustles that were reminiscent of those worn a century earlier. The fashionable silhouette had become smaller and more mobile.

A download link for a 28 page pattern in PDF format will be sent to you by e-mail with your invoice after purchase. It is designed to print on standard 8 -1/2″ x 11″ paper. The pattern is Intermediate.

This listing is for a PDF version of the pattern. A printed version is available upon request, but will include a $3.45 printing and shipping charge.

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Last Revised: 3/21/14