added April 2010
just discovered your website and it’s wonderful. I’m doing a bustle for a wedding dress; it is a Maggie Sottero, Addie Lynn style.
Although I’ve sewn my whole life, made wedding dresses before and am comfortable with alterations, this will be my first bustle. I’ve just ordered your bustle dvd, so I feel confident I can manage the execution, but would like your opinion of what kind would work best with this slim a-line. My bride is a size 6, and open to suggestions.
Thanks you for your time, Laurie
I took a look at the link you sent. This gown is a good candidate for a pick-up bustle.
added June 2009
added February 2009
There is a gown I did just like yours on this page. http://www.leanna.com/Bridal/MorePickup.htm The bride wanted what is pictured. I did it with only one point and that got the look the bride wanted. To get the rest of the train up more I would have had to do more points. I do not think you can get your train up all the way with just one point. But I do think if your husband can handle hooking one hook I am sure he can do 2 or 3 with no problem. I also bet the photographer has some experience in this area for he has probably seen many a bride in your same situation and photographers are used to helping brides look their best. I'm sure he will offer any help you might need.
added March 2008
I found your page on google and have a question for you. My wedding dress is very straight in front and the seamstress who did my alterations made it so that I would do a pick up bustle and hang it on the last button on the back. This however makes my hips look like the flying nuns habit. The dress is covered in lace and beading, so it needs to be up for the reception so guests don't tear or break it. Is there another way I can bustle it without looking like I have huge hips? Thank you for your time, I really appreciate it!
Yes, I am familiar with this problem. The trick to avoiding the nun wings is to set the bustle points lower in the back.
added March 2008
Thanks, Leanna, for sending the follow-up e-mail. The DVD arrived today.
I have watched it and found your instructions and video very clear and easy
to follow. I'm delighted I found your video on the Internet.
I am making my daughter's wedding gown. It is the slim, A-line style described in your video that utilizes a single pick up point. The bottom of the gown and train are covered with lace embedded with pearls and sequins. The lace is beautiful but adds quite a bit of weight to the gown. Will the hook and loop of a single pick up point still work? Might you have any other pointers to distribute the weight?
You can do 2 points close together, like about 3" apart. That will give more stability. You can also use a tiny button on the underside of the Anchor point. I forgot to say that in the video.
added February 2008
I don't have any good pictures on my site to refer you to, but I would do this with a low pick-up bustle but using about 4 points instead of just one. You could shorten the train to make it more proportionate to your height. That will be more expensive but it might make you feel much better about the whole thing.
added December 2007
thank you so much for your valuable information on the web. i had a bustle question for you--i bought this dress recently (please click on the dress for specific vews) and was thinking about bustles. i had initially thought of a pick-up bustle but my seamstress worried that it would break the line of the dress and recommended a low french bustle instead. do you have thoughts about this?
Stunning Elizabeth Fillmore Wedding Gown
thanks so much in advance. happy holidays!
take care, nhi-ha
Both the French and Ballroom style Pick-up Bustles will break the line of the dress. It matters which you like the best, not what your seamstress thinks.
added December 2007
My daughter picked more of a soft mermaid (not quite so dramatic, but still the same effect) style wedding gown……..I’m not sure how to bustle it. The dress is very fitted to below the hips and then it flares out and with a train. Joli Bridal 3911 is the numbers on the order form……………..any suggestions on this style of a wedding dress?
Usually I use a Pick-up style bustle for this mermaid style of gown. Here are
some links to pictures:
The bustle has to be set low on the backseam because of the mermaid style.
added November 2007
|Hi there, I have been looking at your website and have got some
insight into how to bustle. I am going to buy your dvd, but I just wanted
to know how possible it is for me to bustle my dress. It has a very long
train and has a lace overlay with a thick satin underlay. The lace and the
underlay is attached at a couple of places to keep them together while walking.
However I don't have a clue how to bustle it.
I have attached a picture of the dress. (Oleg Cassini - CK118). The train is actually longer than that. In the picture they have moved the train around the sides as well.
Please give me your advice.
Thank you, Karen
Any dress can be bustled, some are just more complicated than others. You gown
is very fitted through the hip area so the bustle will have to be set low, maybe
in the knee area. Many of this type of gown can bustled in the Pick-up style
pictured on my site, but if your train is much longer than the picture you sent
me, it will need more points than one.
added May 2007
I have read your entire website and I want to thank you for sharing such a wealth of information! If only I lived closer to you so I could hire you to work on my dress.
I have an Allure style 8308, which features an elaborate cut lace overlay (I think it's stitched onto organza?) with a long train. Here are some pictures, but they don't really do justice to the lace:
A close up of the lace on the train:
And the bodice:
http://www.geocities.com/thebridaldress/DSCF0435.jpg (Note: the real dress doesn't wrinkle like that in the middle. I'm clipped into a bigger size.)
When the dress arrived, the bodice fit me PERFECTLY. The bottom, however, was very big, which confuses me because I'm usually a two on top and a six or eight on the bottom in street sizes, and this is a size eight in "bridal dress" size. On the model, the dress seems to be more form-fitting around her hips and bottom, and only flare out mid thigh. My dress lies in folds around my hips. Could they have made a mistake?
It's also several inches too long -- even in really high heels (which I really wouldn't want to wear to my wedding -- I'm not a super-high heel kind of gal) I'm going to need hemming. This concerns me because the scalloped hem makes me think this is going to be a major undertaking -- that I will have to take apart the dress at the horizontal hip seam/band and lift it from there. And since the skirt already seems too full, will that make it even fuller? How can you "take in" such ornate lace? I'm also concerned that this will double the cost of the dress. (I was quoted $500 for shortening alone).
Finally, if all this works out, how would you recommend bustling a dress like this? I bought it because I was so in love with the lace, so I would want to show it as much as possible, but I'm worried that an "outside" bustle might tear the delicate fabric?
I would be so grateful for any advice you have to offer. Thank you so much for your website. It's been a real education.
It's not a good idea to go by the model pictures. You don't know
how they pinned her into the dress or touched them up after the photo session.
It shouldn't be difficult to take in the hip area if that's what you need.
In the http://www.geocities.com/thebridaldress/DSCF0432.jpg picture you can see a band that separates the scalloping bottom lace from the skirt lace pattern. I would do the ham by moving the scalloping lace up by this band. I suspect that when the gown is the correct length, the folding at the hips will smooth out because the whole skirt can drop down.
The Bustling I do has stays under each point to support the fabric. I've never had a bride report that her delicate lace tore in one of my bustles. I can't say how your people will bustle the gown, but I'm sure they have some understanding of the situation with the lace. Polyester Organza is a rather strong fabric though it is shear. You will probably need what I call a Pick-up bustle with the shape of the train. Though this is usually done with one point, it can be done with 2 close together points to support he lace better.
added March 2007
Thank you for your helpful site.
I've attached some pictures of my wedding dress, which is from the David's Bridal Galina line. It is chiffon with an organza (?) overlay, and neither layers have any beading or ornamentation. I am pretty sure that the seamstress there told me it could not be bustled. At the time, that didn't register with me as "and therefore will be impossible to ballroom dance in."
Your site makes me think it would not be impossible to bustle--maybe a simple french bustle at the knee? Can you give me some tips on what, exactly, to tell the seamstress? Especially regarding how to bustle the transparent layer?
Another thought I had was to do some sort of wrist-loop and cord arrangement, so that the train would be lifted just a few inches when I'm dancing. I'm sure I've seen this in depictions of Edwardian-era (I think) balls but can't find any illustrations on the web. Do you think something like that would work?
I'd really appreciate any advice--my fiance and I have been taking ballroom lessons, and we really want to show off what we've learned!
Thanks much, Lee Ann
Yes, this can be bustled and easily. The French Pick-up Bustle at the knee you suggested will work nicely. There are pictures here: http://www.leanna.com/Bridal/Bustles.htm#frenchpickup
The rigging is sewn to all layers so that when the bustle is made all the layers are caught up in it. Step-by-step instructions for making this type of bustle are in my Beautiful Bustles DVD.
I always like the wrist loop style, but I think your train is too short to make it work nicely.
added July 2006
Your bustle page is great. It was informative and concise. I would love
your advice with my train as it is rather unusual. I have attached a
picture for you to see. Your opinion on how it should be bustled would be
Thanks and regards, Thao
What a gorgeous gown and yes, it is unusual. I would try the Ballroom Pick-up Style first but the flair may start too low and the train too wide for only one point. Maybe 2 points will work ok. So it may end up looking like a very low Ballroom Bustle.
added July 2005
I am working on the bustle of a gown which has just one bustle point picked up to the bottom of the zipper. Can I use a thread loop at the base of the zipper and put the hook in the train's lace? there are no buttons on the back, no waist line, and no beading or appliques on the dress except for the he, do no hiding spots. Will it be strong enough? It also seems backwards...usually putting the hooks at waist. There is no place to hide the hook, button, etc., so I thought I could switch and put the thread chain at the zipper and hide the hook in the lace. Will this work, or do you have a better idea? Thanks in advance for the help.
This is a great example where inverting the hook and eye placement makes sense. It should work fine.
I normally don't worry much about hiding things. Wedding guest aren't looking for bustle riggings and they just don't notice stuff like that. I teach the brides that it's not worth worrying about.
added February 2004
I found your site on bustling a wedding gown.
Can you tell me what type of bustle you would recommend for the following
gown? It has a relatively short train, so perhaps a wrist loop would be
best, but I am not sure.
A wrist loop would be really elegant. If you'd like a ballroom bustle it will probably take only one point. You could do a French Pick-up Bustle but it would have to be rather lowfor your train is very slim at the hips.
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