I was going to make my bustle using the Laughing Moon pattern because I already had it lying around and it looked relatively easy. Then just before I got started I read about Jennifer's trials and tribulations with the pattern over at Historical Sewing
Her favorite pattern came from Truly Victorian and while I am familiar with how good those patterns are I didn't want the wait of having to order one online.
But then I remembered that Lauren over at American Duchess had recently patterned out a lobster tail bustle for her recent "green acres" dress.
Her post made the whole process sound so easy and painless and she was so happy with her results that I figured I could do it too!
As Lauren and I are of a size I decided to just make mine to the same measurements as hers. So far i have made it through the steps with little difficulty and am now just a few simple last steps from being complete!
I need to add my ruffle to the bottom edge and then insert the bones. Well in my case I am going to use round reed left over from making my pocket hoops last year :)
So far so good! I totally recommend American Duchesses pattern, it is clear and well explained. I cant wait to have this complete and try it with my dress :)