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Category: 2010 MOST BEAUTIFUL BUSTLE DRESS In the WORLD ALL ENTRIES by Contest on 05-15-2010


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USA Entry 15.) Dress: Striped Ballgown
Category: Best Ballgown in the World
Seamstress: Lady La Salle

"This may look like a black and white striped ballgown, but looks can be deceiving. The inspiration was the back of the fashion plate from 1879, but finding black and white striped silk fabric is a chore that I never want to undertake again. The closest that I came to it was this lovely charcoal gray and white silk taffeta. To give the illusion of black and white stripes, however, I decided that I would "stripe" my already striped fabric. I sewed a 2" piece of black chantilly lace down the center of each gray stripe, then flank it on either side with 3/8" wide black velvet ribbon on the border where the gray met the white stripe of the fabric. I did that to every stripe on the overskirt, bodice, and 75 percent of the underskirt, because I ran out of narrow black velvet ribbon, twice. The work and time involved to accomplish this was well worth it in the end. In all, I used 20 yards of silk taffeta fabric and another 20 yards of white broadcloth for lining, 350 yards (and that's not a typo) of 3/8" wide black velvet ribbon and could have easily used another 25 yards, 200 yards of 2" wide black chantilly lace, 36 yards of black crystal pleated lace edged with black chantilly lace, and 5 yards of 1" wide black velvet ribbon, 9 spools of black thread, 21 snaps, and 2 buttons. The heavily modified patterns I used were from Truly Victorian." Lady La Salle

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USA Entry 14.) Dress: Late Bustle Nurses uniform
Category: Other - Freestyle - Wildcard Bustle Gown
Seamstress: Lady La Salle

"A 'Working Girl' entry. It took two years of research and hundreds of hours combing through eBay and other online auction houses for me to create an authentic 1896 reproduction Victorian nurses uniform. This outfit is made of pinstriped blue and white silk with a white cotton apron of my own design. The buttons are original MOP in various sizes with a metal shank and cotter pin (because you had to remove the buttons in order to put them through the wringer on your wash board, or else you would break the button). An 1877 school of nursing pin, an antique lapel watch, antique Red Cross pins, as well as an 1883 Women's Relief Corp medal are the only 'jewelry' that you will find. The leather instrument bag is one that I made copying from an original that contains all the implements that a nurse would need. A nurse is primarily recognized by her cap, and this one is a copy from the Victorian time period. In the pockets of the apron, you'll find a pocket alcohol burner (in which to cook down morphine and administer it to patients) and an antique pocket nurses' dictionary that contains some interesting remedies for ailments. I wear the antique silver nurses belt buckle only when I am not shooting (yes, I shoot guns wearing this outfit). Of course, a proper nurse needs to train those that will eventually take her place. What better students to have than your own daughters?" Lady La Salle

Victorian Costume

USA Entry 13.) Dress: Steampunk Corset Gown.
Category: Most Beautiful Bustle Dress In the WORLD
Category: Other - Freestyle - Wildcard Bustle Gown
Photographer: Holly Hardman
Model: Entrant CXC
Seamstress: CXC:

"I wear this dress to local steampunk events, such as history walks and picnics. I made everything myself, including the undergarments and corset. The dress is decorated with ribbon flowers that I made, and I altered a couple of Simplicity patterns beyond all recognition to make the various pieces." CXC

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USA Entry 12.) Dress: Very Early Bustle Dress- 1867 Walking Suit.
Category: Other - Freestyle - Wildcard Bustle Gown
Seamstress: Misslisa1867 from Ebay's WebStore:"You're Never Out of Style."

"I saw a Fashion Plate of this Suit in an 1867 issue of Godey's Ladies Magazine and I fell in Love with it. My Reproduction is made from a Faux Silk fabric in a colorful Checked Weave of Mauve and Orange. The fabric changes color dramatically in reflected light. This Walking Suit of 1867 consists of a guardsman style jacket with turned back coat tails, an Overskirt also with turned back edges, and an Underskirt with pleated fabric at the hem. The turned back edges reveal the dark Burgundy Velvet lining. I also used bright Copper colored braid and dark Burgundy Velvet Ribbon for trimmings. The Blouse has pin tucking and beautiful Vintage lace. I wore this Walking Suit to Remembrance Day 2009, in Gettysburg, PA. That's my Handsome Beau Mark with me..." Miss Lisa

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USA Entry 11.) Dress: 1884 Victorian Plaid silk Dress.
Category: Victorian Day Bustle Gown
Seamstress: Misslisa1867 from Ebay's WebStore:"You're Never Out of Style."

"This is a Reproduction of an 1884 Day Dress. To create this "Sassy" Look, I used a Silk Fabric with a large Plaid Weave of Golds and Black. I also used a solid Black Taffeta Fabrica and solid Gold Taffeta Fabric. Trimmings are Black Fringe, Black Velvet Ribbon, and Black Decorative Braid. I had a lot of fun wearing this..." Miss Lisa

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