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I had a hard time with this skirt redesign at first. I loved the old design, but function had to win out. I liked that it was all one piece and that it was simple to put on. I also liked that it wasn’t too over the top.

Have I ever mentioned I have a love and fascination with late Victorian clothing? Serious. I love the silhouette created by corsets, crinolines, and bustles. I wish we still wore things that beautiful. But no matter how much I love Victorian clothing, I’m pretty sure that people would look at me funny if I tried wearing anything close to that to church (starting with my husband). However, I am already the crazy lady who wears a (tiny) train to Primary. What would a (tiny) bustle do to my image? Ha!

So after much playing, here’s what I came up with.

I started by raising the hem to just below my knees then starting with a wrap skirt like before. Instead of going around my body a couple of times plus some (for tying), the skirt now only goes around 1-1/2 times and the extra fabric is turned into a fun little bustle. Instead of tying on now, there are two tiny buttons on the waistband that keep everything in place and allow the bustle to flow down the center of the back.

Even though Chad “doesn’t know what it is,” I love it. I think I will like being the crazy lady with the bustle.

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