added October 2010
This gown is very much like one on my site here: http://www.leanna.com/Bustle/MoreBallroom.shtml#top
I lifted the draping sides and designed a Ballroom Bustle on the underlayer. I think this will look great for Holly's bustle.
added March 2010
Dear Leanna -
Thanks for your help! Gail
added July 2009
I'm sure you get asked this question all the time, but your site is the only one that offers helpful advice on this subject. I'm curious to see what bustle style will look best for my dress. I've attached two pictures of the back of my dress and here is the link form the David's website:
Thanks for any help you can give me!
added April 2009
I hope you can help me with my bustle dilemma. I have bought the dress in the picture, which I really love, but I would like to be able to pick it up of the floor to dance. My Seamstress says it can't be bustled because you end up with two tails on either side of the dress and it can't be picked up at the back because the train is too small and It would look like I had tucked my dress into my pants by accident!!
The seamstress sewed a wrist loop on to the hem for me but this spoils the look of the dress completely. Is this a hopeless cause, is there nothing that can be done. I am desperate and would be really grateful if you could help.
With best wishes,
It is not a hopeless cause. I think your seamstress has just never come across this type if train. It needs to be bustled with several points. I would guess 6. She may be thinking of only one point which is the only method many seamstresses know. Take a look at "Not the Bride" on my site here: http://www.leanna.com/Bridal/Bustles.htm
This is a Mom's gown, but the method is the same. Your gown is only fuller and will need more points to get the whole train off the floor.
added October 2008
added March 2008
Hi I found your site and thankfully I did. I was wondering how this
dress could be bustled. It is tulle and has a beautiful train with embroidery
and beadwork close to the edges. I had heard that this kind of dress is problematic
when it comes to bustling because of tears in the fabric. I was recommended
to have a french bustle which I do not like. Any ideas on what could be done
or should I just wear it without a bustle? Please help! Here is a link for my
dress, you can enlarge the image by clicking on it.
You can do a ballroom bustle but the riggings have to be sewn through all layers of the tulle. It's not incredibly easy, but not impossible either.
added July 2007
You have a very wide train. I'm not surprised that it takes more than 3 points
to get it all up. You can tuck the extra fabric under the points a little nicer,
but the fabric has to go somewhere. The points could be placed closer together
but I doubt that will make much difference in the way you feel.
You said "she refused to cut it". Did you ask her to hem the train and she wouldn't ? The train can certainly be shortened. It's a bit of a task but totally doable. Maybe she didn't know how or didn't think she had the time.
added July 2007
I have bustled many organza gowns and the fabric holds up well. The embroidery is not a factor in the bustle rigging since it is not involved in the pick-up points. For your gown I would probably try a Ballroom style bustle first and see how you liked it.
added June 2006
This is a great site and helpful too. I have a Jade Daniel
Style #2009. I love it it's almost as if it walked out of my dream. Except I
wanted a ballgown with no train and a corset back and it has neither. I don't
want to wear it with a train, but there's a swirl of Swarovski crystals above
the hem so it can't be cut and hemmed to be changed into a ballgown. I would
like an "Over Bustle/ Ballroom Bustle" but I want it to look like
this is a ballgown. I'd like to make the bustle just look like it's just a gathered
waste as opposed to seeing buttons holding up parts of the train. Do you have
any suggestions that won't cost a fortune? Any help would be great.
Thank you. Joanne
A ballroom bustle will look great and many people won't know it's a bustle.
You can actually open up the back waist seam and shorten the train
there, but it will cost quite a bit to do it. I doubt I would be charging less
than $200 for such an operation and I might go higher once I saw the gown and
how the seams are constructed.
Is sounds like you know what you want. You have to understand that it often costs much to get exactly that. You may be able to find a seamstress who will ask for much less, but this is a good indicator that she is not very experienced. Do you really want to risk your precious gown to a cut-rate seamstress?
added January 2006
I love you website. You really are talented. You have the cleanest bustles I’ve seen.
I never liked the look of bustles and thought they were strictly to serve a purpose, but your ballroom bustle is so seamless and beautiful, you almost can’t tell. If you were closer to me, I would ask you to do my bustle and I don’t think $10/button is too much to ask. You are most certainly talented.
I’m attempting to do the hem and bustle myself to save in cost. I was searching the net to find helpful tips. How far from the ground should the hem be? I was going to use pearl looking buttons and loops. I wanted to use 4 points. Do you have any tips on the placement of outside hooks? I’m trying to reduce the “bunchy” pull up on the fabric from the front. Also the lining seems to separate from the train and turn out when dragging, as you can see in the photos. Please advise.
Thank you so much for your response. I was so inspired by your website, that I attempted the bustle and hem. I’m happy to say that it seems to have worked. I did the hem at approx. 1” and I tried to emulate your images for the bustle. Attached are some photos of the hem & bustle.
Good luck on your video. I’m sure it will be fantastic. My wedding is in April in Mexico.
Thanks again for your website and your help.
added January 2006
Thank you so much for this wonderful website. I just got into period costuming a few years ago so I am comfortable in corsets, ball gowns and used to wearing (and making) bustled gowns. However, when I picked out my wedding dress, I was completely at a loss as how to create a bustle on such a skirt.
Sorry it's taken my so long to get reply to you. It's been real
busy and then I got sick. BUt I have been looking at your picture now and then
to try to get ideas. This is one of those situations where I'd have to play
with the gown until I find something that looks good. I would try to find points
that would hold the train up at the places where the skirt is gathered. It probably
would not be as I normally set the points but it would end up looking much like
a ballroom bustle. However it is done, the bustle will be quite fluffy because
of all the fabric in the gathered flounces.
Without seeing the gown on you. It's really hard to give you advice, but I hope this little bit helps.
added July 2005
Do you know of any bustles that look like a bow?
There is a way to do this. You have to have a lot of fabric in the hip area. What you do is a normal Ballroom bustle and instead of tucking the excess fabric under, you pull it out the edge of the points. It sort-of looks like a bow. I've not found a bride that likes the effect though. Anytime I've tried doing it the bride decides to just tuck the fabric under after see sees how it looks on her butt.
added August 2005
Thank you for responding. Everyone I ask in alterations
don't seem like they know how to do a bustle. I have one place that says they
would put a button on the outside of the dress so the loop can hang around the
button. Are you suppose to see the button? They plan to put it on the outside
of the dress. Is that correct?
If you are not having a French bustle all the loops, hooks and/or
buttons go on the outside. Have you looked at the pictures on my site? The bustle
buttons are not obvious. I often have to explain to brides that this is not
a bad thing. Your guests are not searching your gown for oddly placed buttons
and if they do notice the bustle buttons they will know what they are for.
Bustling is not a refined art. There is really no central standard for stating what should and should not be done to create a bustle. I'm trying to change that. Plus brides have no idea what they should be looking for or asking for. It's not like you will be needing another bustle next time you buy a dress, so it's not something we think to learn about.
I've seen a lot of ugly bustles that could have been easily fixed. Your worries are normal. It's important what your bustle looks like and that it functions like it should to protect the dress from the damage of people stepping on it. From what you have said though, I think you are getting a good bustle.
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