This pattern is one part of a Three Piece Ensemble, all 3 parts need to be ordered separately to complete this dress as shown.
Order this pattern in sizes 8-14 (bust 31-1/2 - 36-1/2), 16-20 (bust 38-42) and 22-26 (bust 44-48).
The Full Three Piece Ensemble in sizes 8 - 14 requires 8-3/4 Yds.; sizes 16 - 20 requires 9 Yds.; sizes 22 - 26 requires 9-3/4 Yds. of 45 inch wide fabric.
This Summer Three-Piece Dress is worn without a bustle. The October 1889 issue Godey's Ladies Magazine states:
The war between a small bustle and none at all still continues. Everyone cannot dispense with this little addition to their figures. Those who can dispense with it, however, are only to glad to do so, and, by making underskirts very full at the back, this can generally be done, even by not quite perfect figures.
Acknowledgments: Special thanks to The Warren County Historical Society in Lebanon, Ohio and Ericka Mason at Conner Prairie Museum in Fishers, Indiana.