Post # 1
Bee’s I have my first alteration appointment on Saturday and I have no idea how to bustle my dres. Please help, should I do the French or should I do the traditional (American) bustle? I haven’t seen anyone here with my dress so I have no idea what looks good.
Here’s a pic of my dress.
Post # 4
Your seamstress should be able to pin it both ways for you to see. French Bustles are more sturdy.
Post # 7
I was going to tell you that too – your seamstress should be able to show you both styles or a variety of options. Then she’ll show whoever is helping you with your bustle how to do it once you choose what you like
Post # 8
I really wanted to do a French bustle because I thought the American bustle looked like someone hung a big piece of fabric on my butt (sorry, I couldn’t put that more tastefully). My seemstress likes the French bustle better too. However, when she pinned it, I had too many layers (there are six under there!) to make it lie flat like I pictured. Then she did an American bustle just below my waist. It was actually much nicer that way. The French bustle was also going to require multiple hooks, which I can’t picture my mom or bridesmaids managing to figure out, and was going to cost more money. Have your seamstress pin both and see which you like.
Post # 10
You need to have your seamstress pin it a few different ways and choose which one you feel looks the best and feels the best.
I almost always prefer an under bustle (french), unless there is specific detailing on the train that would be better shown off with an over bustle (american). So, for your dress, I’d say an under bustle would be the way I’d probably go. That way you could have it done in a way that maintains the integrity of the layered look. I can’t tell if the lace is a loose overlay or if it is attached to the satin underneath, depending on which it is would effect how the seamstress would design your bustle also.
Post # 12
i thought i’d want a french bustle because i didn’t want a stream of fabric at the back, but it looked lumpy and strange because my dress is all lace. the seamstress showed it the american way (or butterfly) and it fanned out beautifully and looked even prettier than with the train unfurled. bonus, it started several inches below where i was concerned with having the fabric gathered and lays flat. your dress looks like it could take a french bustle though, so definitely have the seamstress show you both. you never know what you’ll wind up liking.
Post # 13
Thanks ladies… I guess I will have to see what they actually look like in person.