How to choose the correct bustle, hoop, or pannier cage, for your 18th, 19th, and 20th, century reenactment attire. Steampunk and Gothic bustle dresses are included. This is a simple comprehensive listing with pictures of cages and dresses with "show me" tips and tutorials.You will understand the differences in the bustle shapes and types.Bustles are simply projection pads or frameworks worn at the back of a skirt to support and display fabric draping.
Plus sized figures can wear bustles too. Bustles of all types can be custom made to fit larger sizes as well as smaller sizes.This is one of my custom made plus size bustle made from the Laughing Moon historical pattern line. The bustle cage is the knee length bustle that has train support. This size bustle will support trains that are six to eight inches longer than the front of your bustledress. The cage can be covered with ruffling for the built in petticoat. These pictures are for a good view of the bustle structure. All Laughing Moon bustles have stays that are laced with drawstrings. The stays control the shaping of the bustles. The tighter the drawstrings are pulled, the sharper the curve projects at the back. the looser the drawstrings are worn, the softer the curve, and projection becomes smaller.