Category: fashion

Everyday I’m Bustlin’

Seriously I have been trying to update but WordPress just does not agree with me all of the time. Is it firefox maybe?

Anyway, last time we chatted I had made my pseudo victorian corset for the upcoming festivities… which happened to be today!

So in a few short weeks I had to make my bustle cage plus the actual outfit… I went sans petticoat (this is a judgement free zone so please don’t be shocked.)


bustle cage check! Super easy and took half an hour! pretty much just made a large trapezoid and sewed channels – popped in more cable ties and added ribbon to tie the edges together (making rounded shape.) Added a ruffle and a waist band and called it a day.

pretty sure a proper victorian lady would also wear gym shorts…

I looked at a lot of fashion plates pictures trying to come up with a design for my outfit. I love the more tailored look of the late bustle period so I aimed for something like that.



I am much shorter than my dress form so the proportions are off but you get the idea. It was a new idea for me to flat-line rather than bag-line the jacket. The fabric was stretchy so flat-lining would give it more of the body I wanted, thankfully I thought of the easiest/quickest way to flat-line while giving me the look I wanted – thank you fusible black woven interfacing.
My facings were just quickly cut from scraps and I slap-dashed the rest of the jacket together. Historically it should have been boned in a few places but I just added boning on the side seams (whipped under the seam allowance.)

I also love playing with the subtle stripes!


In conclusion – I had a super fabulous time playing dress up and making this outfit. I did kind of a slap-dash job near the end but I didn’t have to go naked to the party and it was my first shot a historic costume. I did do a lot of research for inspiration and trying to plan out seam lines but obviously this was also loosely based on history, we will just call it my interpretation.


Trends: What is After the Peplum?

A stroll through the mall tonight left me somewhat surprised. THE PEPLUM, it has been hot on the scene for a while now and frankly 9 times out of 10 it still looks drastically 80’s to me. I am seeing some more pleated versions and some that are a little extra flouncy but I feel like there can be better designs with this element. I may also just be a little irritated since this is not a great off the rack style for a short lady with prominent hips. With that being said any short hippy ladies out there – don’t worry the look is totally doable but it just needs to be proportioned to you and fall in the right places!

Here is an adorable version for the non height challenged out there thanks to ModCloth


Anyway, it seems so blah to me that this is the shapeliest popular fashion available in the mall today. There are racks and racks of flowing tunics and what is up with the armscye cut to a waist line? I understand the concept of layering but who wants to draw attention to you the side of your ribcage?

…running on a tangent again… apologies…

So the question is – what is next? The 90’s trend is coming in full force (remember when it came back in 2003? I was all over that plaid!) There is plaid flannel everywhere and all the magazines are telling us to dust off those combat boots. Now that the peplum is one of the few instances that we see a waistline in fast fashion… do you think by spring that waistline will rise a tad keeping the popular flowing fabric… you know mixing with this grunge energy…

babydoll dresses?
byCORPUS Plaid Babydoll Dress

I do enjoy the very My So-called Life look going on with the glimpse of red hair. Not that this style will look any better on me but it could be fun and a slight breath of fresh air from the completely shapeless trend that stores have been stuck in… we are just adding a little more volume and flair.

I guess we must be getting shorter??

hurrumph! *throws hands up in the air* I give up, I give up. I will just be wearing a sheet wrapped around me for the rest of my life because that will fit better than anything else apparently.

Maybe it is just me, in which case you can just think of me as the short sheet wearing crazy lady… but I swear clothing is being made for a longer and longer torso.

I am very short, 5′ 0″. I understand that petite clothing is made for 5′ 4″ but at one point I was able to find clothing that was at least passable in the fit department. This summer season I have not been able to find a tank or t-shirt that fit correctly.

Yesterday I stopped by the craft store to pick up the cheap plain cotton t-shirts with the intention of fitting them… but ughhhh just so horrendous. I can see that the popular style has been very relaxed lately but I am just so tired of not being able to find new basic items, and if I do I need to buy 2 because everything so thin it needs to be layered.

Today I was at the mall; after a failing dressing room session I began to notice that I may not be the only one with this problem… There were 2 other women, taller than me, in the check out however their shirts did not fit properly either – again it was the length. As I walked out of the store and through the center of the mall I noticed almost everyone had the bagginess right above the bustline and straps wanting to fall off or armholes that were 2 inches too long…

gahhhhh, I am not alone, but we can’t dress ourselves apparently.

The strange thing is that I have seen the updated ASTM measurements from data collected over the last few years and the sizing is just a smidge shorter in the CF and CB neck to waist area than in previous decades. We are mainly talking 1/8-1/4″ for the most part so it’s really not much of a change but that just makes me question where the heck the measurements are coming from that these companies are using to make their blocks. ughhhhhhhhhhh
That is my rant for the weekend, now if you will excuse me I am hoping to find a lovely floral print sheet and perhaps some brooches to complete my ensemble for the week.