(My boyfriend and I were a mad scientist and his resurrected zombie girlfriend for Halloween. Steampunk, naturally. If you'd like to learn how to make his costume, his instructable is here.)
What you’ll need:
Needle and thread
2 yds fabric
Dress to wear underneath
Step 1: Bustle
-Put the pillow into a pillowcase.
-Put the rest of the pillowcase into your waist cincher and tuck in the ends.
Step 2: Skirt
-Measure the widest part of your hips, and then add about an inch. You want to be able to get in and out!
-Fold the material in half, with the back side of the fabric facing out.
-Find the middle, and make a mark on either side for the edges of the waist.
-Draw a line from each of these marks to the outside bottom edge of the fabric.
-Pin the fabric along each line, about half an inch from the line itself. Failure to do this will result in lots of fail. Believe me, I know...
-Do a basic running stitch up each line, pulling the thread tight at the end. Make sure your stitches are even and fairly large for proper draping.
-Turn skirt right-side-out.
C. Finishing the back
-Put your bustle and skirt on backwards (alternatively, do what I did and put it on your boyfriend).
-Grab the back of the skirt in the very middle, fold it into a point, and sew it to the center of the bustle. Tuck everything in so the unfinished edges aren’t visible.
-Sew a brass button or some other decorative item over the stitch to hide it.
Step 3: Putting It All Together
Thank you for reading this instructable! Please let me know if you have any questions, or if something isn't clear!