I finished my lobster tail bustle, finally! And it gives a very good early 1870s shape, so I'm happy. I got worried for a moment when I was comparing the silhouette to 1875 silhouettes and it was way too round, but I realized that my large bustle pad (which I've been using for early 1880s) actually gives the right shape for 1875, if I make sure that the future skirts are cut with a bit of a train (rather than the no train of my 1880s stuff). Pictures sometime. I just figured I should post because it's been a while. I've been busy with life and school.