OlyFun Dress Up Rainbow Bustle

Categories: Costume, Halloween, Holiday, Oly*Fun

I spent much of my childhood playing dress up, and still do often for a band. I used OlyFun to create a rainbow bustle for my friend’s daughter and her dress up collection. I’d been advised by her parents that she wanted a version of my band costumes I wear. I love wearing bustles, as they add a bit of flare to any basic skirt. OlyFun is a great no-fray fabric available in 18 colors and 4 metallics. I used Bubble Gum, Orange Crush, Lemon Drop, Kiwi, Sky Blue, and Orchid for this tiered ruffled bustle. You could use any of the available colors to make your own custom bustle. I scaled the size for my friend’s daughter, so adjust the measurements as needed. A general rule is that a bustle tie at the waist and be a little more than half of your waist measurement. The ruffles should be cut double to triple the width of that half waist measurement. If you aren’t a growing child, you can use a proper closure, vs a tie. The length can be much longer, but I went for a short length, for a quick moving child. Note, the more fabric added, the heavier the bustle will be. While a heavily ruffled bustle will look pretty, it might become too heavy to wear over something like, like the pictured tutu. Keep it simple and light. People will love it either way. This particular bustle can be worn as an apron or cape, because that tie can easily be adjusted.

What you need to make this project

Materials
1/2 yd OlyFun in Bubble Gum
1/8 yd OlyFun in Orange Crush
1/8 yd OlyFun in Lemon Drop
1/8 yd OlyFun in Kiwi
1/8 yd OlyFun in Sky Blue
1/8 yd OlyFun in Orchid
Supplies
Pink thread
Orange thread
Yellow thread
Bright green thread
Light blue thread
Light purple thread
Clear drafting ruler
Pen
Fabric scissors
Dritz straight pins
6 Bobbins
Sewing machine

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Instructions

Step One

Measure the child’s waist, and alter the measurements as needed. My friend’s daughter has a 22″ waist. The bustle panel is about half of her waist measurement, so it comes across her butt and around her sides.

  • OlyFun Dress Up Rainbow Bustle 1

Step Two

Using the drafting ruler, pen, and fabric scissors, measure and cut out the following:

12″ x 12″ square = Bubble Gum
3″ x 60″ = Bubble Gum
4″ x 30″ = Bubble Gum, Orange Crush, Lemon Drop, Kiwi, Sky Blue, and Orchid

Step Three

Load the 6 bobbins with the 6 thread colors, one bobbin per color.

  • OlyFun Dress Up Rainbow Bustle 2

Step Four

Set the sewing machine to the longest straight stitch. Start with the Orchid OlyFun rectangle and light purple thread. Straight stitch, without backspacing, 1/4″ from the edge of one long side. Cut the thread leaving long tails.

  • OlyFun Dress Up Rainbow Bustle 3

Step Five

Hand gather the rectangle by gently pulling the top thread tail, and gathering the fabric together along the thread. I push the fabric towards the middle, pulling one thread end at a time. This lessens the likelihood of thread breakage. Tie one pair of threads together on one side, leaving the other pair free for adjustment.

  • OlyFun Dress Up Rainbow Bustle 9

Step Six

Line up the gathered Orchid OlyFun with the bottom of the Bubble Gum square. The bottom of the Orchid should be about 1/4″ longer than the Bubble Gum square. Straight pin in place, adjusting the gather as needed.

  • OlyFun Dress Up Rainbow Bustle 4

Step Seven

To sew the two fabrics together, start by straight backstitching. Then set the sewing machine to the widest multi-stitch zig zag. Zig zag down the Orchid gathers, between the gathering stitching and gathered edge. Backstitch to finish. This secures the fabric and reduces any bulk at the gathered edge.

  • OlyFun Dress Up Rainbow Bustle 5

Step Eight

Repeat steps 4-7, switching out the thread to match each OlyFun color. Each tier should be about 1.5″-2″ higher than the previous, moving up towards the top of the Bubble Gum square.

The last tier will be pink. Leave about 1/2″ free at the top of the Bubble Gum square.

  • OlyFun Dress Up Rainbow Bustle 6

Step Nine

Center the remaining long Bubble Gum rectangle along the last gathered rectangle. Use the straight pins to secure it. Straight stitch down the strip, 1/2″ from the strip’s edge, attaching the layers together.

  • OlyFun Dress Up Rainbow Bustle 7

Step Ten

Fold over the strip to the back. Turn the long edge over, covering the previous stitch line. Pin in place. Fold in both long edges together, along the tie sections. Pin in place, as you fold the edges together. At the ends, fold in the short edges before the long edges.

  • OlyFun Dress Up Rainbow Bustle 8

Step Eleven

Along the front side, straight stitch along the folded tie, 1/4″ from the edge, catching both the front and back sides together.

Step Twelve

Tie the bustle on your favorite dressed up child. In this case, it’s a friend’s daughter, who was already dressed up like a fairy.

Dress Up Rainbow Ruffled Bustle 1