The Victorian Seamstress

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Sitting in a LONG bustle; tips for Steampunks and Cosplayers who choose to wear one to a convention.This method focuses on managing the skirts to prevent costume damage while attempting to sit, and it WILL result in flashing dem sexy ankles, so make sure your pantaloons are long and your socks are tall.

(please excuse terrible photos; I didn’t have help and I had to do this myself in a mirror) :X

  • Long bustles are kind of annoying to wear to a convention, so I suggest you go with a short one if you don’t require the long bustle to shape your skirt.
  • You should practice sitting in the long bustle and costume before going to a convention, so you can figure out what parts of your dress require extra attention when attempting to sit, to prevent torn seams or squished ruffles. ;)
  • Wearing a long underskirt and pantaloons will prevent the steel bones and inner panel from rubbing against the back of your legs and result in a more comfortable time when wearing a long bustle.
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