The bodice fastens by lacing in the front which is drawn through eyelets. The bodice is boned and form fitting. The sleeves are 7/8 length. The neck and sleeves are trimmed with Brussels lace.
The bustle is created with metal stays in three rows from below the center back waist to the knees. While the bustle is stylish it is not necessary to enhance the gown which is quite lovely without it or the cathedral train.
The cathedral train is separate. It is trimmed on the inside outer edge with a row of dust ruffles called a balayeuse during 19th century. Gown Dates to circa 1882-1888.
The original fabric was a cream silk faille.
The pattern is multi-sized 10 through 16. Purchase 10-1/3 Yds. of 45 inch wide fabric if you are five feet tall. If you are over five feet tall add 1/4 Yd. per inch over five feet.