After much thought and planning of how I was going to complete as many Historical Sew Fortnightly challenges, I decided that I needed to make a Bustle Pad, before I could make other items on my list. See skirt length is important and I want to make a quilted petticoat for Flora and Fauna. Just in time, the White Challenge was posted! I don't wear white often, so making a Bustle Pad would be perfect. So I researched a lot of images and came to the idea that a pillow that is about the size of my rump would work. I did some careful measuring of my attached rump and came up with the dimensions of approximately 11 inches long and 20 inches wide. I of course cut out a semi oval approximately 22 inches wide and 14 inches tall. For ease of drawing the pattern, I looked around for a large gently curving oval and lo! there was the turkey platter! I drew my pattern onto the fabric directly and folded it in half (again) and proceeded to cut it out. I added some eyelet lace and proceeded to stitch it together. I machine-stitched it all (except the tufting.) Stuffing it was fun ad I got to play with density and loft. After sewing if all together, I added some tufts to control loft and keep the padding from moving around. All in all from patterning to trying it on was only a couple of hours.
|My William and Mary Turkey Platter as pattern!|
|I don't always press, but I do about 95% of the time.|
|The Finished Product - A Bustle Pad and a Rump!|
The Challenge: HSF # 15 - White (Due July 28, 2013)
Fabric: White sprigged cotton from my stash, polyfill
Pattern: does my turkey platter count?
Notions: d-ring, eyelet lace
How historically accurate is it? depends - the look is definitely period, but modern techniques and fabrics.
Hours to complete: 2? from patterning to finish
First worn: not yet, for the Tissot Picnic.
Total cost: $.78 for a package of D Rings (of which I only used half.) The rest was from my stash.