I finished it - yay! Not bad for a sickie, aye? I still have to sew it on the bustle but the overlay itself is finished. I even put in some tucks and trimmed down the bustle’s waistband in back.
The overlay wasn’t too bad, just lots of measuring, multiplying, gathering and pinning. I didn't follow the pattern much as I was using much wider lace than suggested. I also lengthened the overlay (as always) which threw off all of the markings.
So I started with the top ruffle & bottom ruffles. I then filled the overlay in with three inner ruffles. Those I pinned at first, eyeballing it so that the designs would look even. It came out pretty darn perfect the first try which made me happy. I meant to track how much yardage I actually used but neglected to write down my numbers as I went along so I'll have to re construct that later. I have over 3 yards of lace left so I'm trying to decide if I want to add a ruffle to the bottom of the bustle proper or save it for a separate under petticoat. I don’t know.
I really liked the look of the bustle petticoat without the ruffles but man it looks great with them! What is it about rows of ruffled lace? It just makes me giggle inside when I look at them. :P