4 days before the tea I intended to wear my first ever bustle dress to and I had a short list of things that needed to be done to make the dress wearable.
The bodice needed closures and a few finishing touches on the inside
The skirt needed closures and a ruffle.
I had a couple different, absolutely beautiful, sets of vintage black glass buttons. I counted and admired them all and selected a set to go down the front of my bodice.
After careful consideration, I decided the best course of action for the integrity of the bodice and the old buttons would be to have the bodice fasten with hooks and eyes and sew the buttons over that, just for show.