Historical Sewing Patterns

The Mantua-Maker

After disappearing for three years, the bustle reappeared in 1883. Between 1884 and 1887 the Victorian bustle reached its greatest proportions. A little lower than the 1870s bustle, it projected out and at such an angle that detractors claimed that a tea tray could rest upon it. Still, it was critical to make fashionable dresses hang properly.

There are options for a full-length bustle and for the shorter bustles common in the last years of this period. It features removable steels and an optional detachable flounce.

This pattern includes 4 pages of instructions with historical tips, and 2 pattern sheets. It is printed on bond paper, and enclosed in a white paper envelope.

This is a one-size-fits-all pattern, with a sized waist band.

No. 1880-4
'One-size-fits-all' with an individualized waistband
Pattern is marked for four bustle types.
With or without flounce.


1880's Bustle Pattern