Big Bustle Birthday Party

Caroline had a Big Bustle party for her birthday in October, held both at the Arboretum in DC and at her lovely Capitol Hill house.

I don’t have a bustle gown, and I was also a month from my due date, so I was unprepared to sew one! She kindly let me wearing 18th century since it was kinda bustle-y. It’s a stretch, but I appreciated it, since I wanted to see everyone, especially Merja who came all the way out from Finland!

I wasn’t sure what I had that would fit, but I was inspired by Chelsea wearing a Francaise when she was very pregnant, and mine totally worked. I just let out the back laces and worked great! I did wear stays, but I wore them unlaced. Mine are sorta permanently laced and I just have a very very long single spiral lace that I knot so it doesn’t come undone and I can loosen it a lot to get in and out of them. So I just wore them like that, totally untightened. I actually found it they provided nice belly support without squeezing.

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I was so happy to see Merja, and to get to see this lovely costume in person!
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There was a gorgeous picnic spread of delicious things:
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Cindy came out from Colorado (second from right) and it was so nice to see her too! Plaids:
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Blue:
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We lucked out and got a beautiful fall day!
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After the picnic, we headed back to Caroline’s for more food and pictures!
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Categories: Costumes