I made this on the 13th of June. I am still not sure what I am going to do with the fastenings. At the moment the ties can be knotted at the front, as it said to do with ribbons in the instructions. I am thinking of using snaps or buttons to make it into a solid waistband that can be opened at the front.
If you are wondering why everything I make seems to be made of violet material, it's because it's my mock up material, I got a roll that must have more than 20m on it at an op shop for $15.
Problems and adaptations-
* The waistband didn't seem long enough to actually reach all the way around, it didn't meet the ends of the bustle itself. It may have been that I actually cut it too short, but before you cut it out of your material, make sure it is at least as long as the waist on the rest of the garment. I made mine longer so it could serve as ties.
* The lines where the long pattern pieces for each layer join together at the back do show a bit, especially with patterned material, so ideally you might want to join all the pattern pieces for each layer together and cut them on one big piece, although this may waste more material.
* The bustle really doesn't meet at the front. I cut my pattern size, the ruffles do not meet at the front (although in the picture on the cover, if you look closely, they do not meet). So if you want them to meet in the middle I would recommend adding around 10cm to the length of all pattern pieces. That's how much gap I had at the front anyway, it will differ for different people, I suppose.
* I used quite thin material and still got really big ruffles, which was good. With all the hemming and sewing layers and ruched material, I wouldn't recommend this for thick material. I think it might bunch up unpleasantly.
Isambard Steamparakeet helping with the patterns.
A few different views of the finished bustle. I might later make one in different material to match my outfits. This one is made of my mock up material and hasn't be pre-shrunk, but I don't expect you would normally wash an outside clothes bustle anyway.
As I said before, there is a big gap at the front.