A few months ago, I went to the thrift store to replenish my refashion stash. I didn't have any particular project in mind, so focused more on interesting fabrics and patterns. I found a Jessica McClintock prom dress with a pretty floral brocade for $5 and threw it in my cart without looking too closely at it. Once I got home, I found this weird, funky embellishment on the back of the dress I completely overlooked at the store.
That stupid, fugly bustle stumped me for the longest time. I assumed the entire dress was made of the satiny brocade I fell in love with and was counting on that yardage. Since there wasn't much brocade to work with, I put the dress "on hold" for several months in my guest room/junk room.
I finally found inspiration with the current bomber jacket trend. I figured I had enough brocade for the sleeves. For the bodice, I found a thrifted skirt in the perfect shade of red.
I was determined to do something creative with that stupid bustle, so I made a applique from a Japanese crest pattern.