1868-1875 is commonly known as "The First Bustle" period, but in fact it was one of several bustle periods in the 19th century, and it certainly wasn't the first!
This month we start a fashion review series, looking at the looping, shirring, pleating and draping methods that we now call a "bustle".
Thank you very much if you took time out to answer the survey recently. In response to your feedback, we're going to try some improvements to the format of the Ask the Experts page.
There's such talent and experience amongst our readers as well as our writers that this month we'd like to enhance it and make it into a "Letters, questions and advice" page - so not only will you be able to ask questions, you'll be able to share your own tips and advice and your own experiences, as well as your letters, to the mix!
We've got quite some tough questions this month!
Our experts have been busy answering these questions and Jennie Chancy of Sense and Sensibility patterns graciously offers her expertise on Regency era sewing techniques.
Submit your questions now on the "Ask a question" page for next month's column!