Despite my fabric shortage issues, everything worked out well and now my grand bustle has become a bodacious purple bustle (cackles in laughter). Once it became apparent that I would have to incorporate a lighter shade of the purple into it, I went with it and had fun.
So not only is there alternating layers of ruffle, but the boning channels are also done in the lighter shade.
And I went ahead and grabbed some ribbon for the inner support panel in the same shade.
It's been a long process from start to finish but I'm very satisfied with the outcome of the project. Definitely looking forward to spring when I might be able to wear it with my Indienne tea dress or maybe I'll just have to start another early bustle dress to wear over it (mwu-ha-ha).
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Pattern - Truly Victorian Grand Bustle (TV108)
Fabric - Cotton broadcloth in two different shades
Notions - Grosgrain ribbon, grommets, metal boning, pre-made bias tape, x-large plastic zip-ties, hooks and eyes for closure.