Post # 1
For our wedding, we’re eloping to Savannah. It will just be the two of us, so that means I have to be able to manuveur my dress without any assistance. We’re not having a reception or anything after the wedding, but we will be having a photographer take pictures of us around Savannah.
I did have my seamstress add ribbons for a French bustle, because I think that will be much more convenient when I wear my dress again for the “reception” party we’re going to have with our friends and family to celebrate our marriage. But I don’t want to bustle my dress when we’re in Savannah.
I thought it would be much easier for our situation to add a wrist loop to my dress so the train can be arranged easily wherever we are having pictures taken. It jus seems so much more romantic to be able to spread it out for all the pictures, and I think it will look nicer in the pictures if it isn’t bustled. I also think wrist loops are a romantic way to carry the train.
The problem is I don’t really want to take my dress back to the seamstress if adding a wrist loop is something I can do myself. Does anyone know how to do one?
This is the back of my dress:
Post # 3
since the lace is longer than the underlay, i’d flip the underlay over and attach the wrist loop about an inch back. just get a nice piece of silk cord or something and hand sew it on the underneath. be careful not to pierce through the top layer of fabric (i’m assuming that underlay is lined? so you would only want to sew through the lining part so your stitches don’t show). then when you pick up your dress by the wrist loop, you’ll be carrying the under layer and the lace will naturally by picked up with it.
just a note, i don’t know if this is the traditional way to put a wrist loop on, i’ve generally seen then attached at the very back of the train, but since your lace layer is much longer than the underlay and you wouldn’t want to sew on the lace, i think this would be the best method for you. and i’m pretty sure i’d do it myself if i was you, despite the fact that my sewing skills have seriously lapsed over the years.
Post # 4
I don’t know how to attach a wrist loop, but does your dress have a ribbon to hook the train onto the hanger?
My bustle broke part way through the night, and I ended up just attaching that to my wrist.
Post # 5
@pb and j: Thank you! I’ll have to look more closely at my dress to see if I can figure out exactly what you mean. I think I understand, but I’ll know better once I pull my dress out look at it. It sounds like it might work. I haven’t sewn very much, so it takes me a bit of time to suss out the instructions.
@SapphireSun: Oh that sucks that your bustle broke. I thought about that, and that’s actually what I thought I would do. But then I thought about it some more. What I’m afraid of is it’s a thin ribbon, which I think will cut into my wrist if I use it. Plus, it flips the hem of the dress over in a very unattractive way. I want to be able to have some candid pictures like I’ve seen on here that look unposed, but if I’m having to fix the way the hem looks all the time, I don’t think they’ll look as unposed. It’s a great idea, though, and obviously the easiest and simplest to do.
Everyone! Please keep the ideas coming.
Post # 6
@Loribeth: Hmm. Since the lace overlay is longer, what I would do, is take the lace to the bottom of the lining with a a few itty bitty stiches right at the bottom, where you want the wrist loop. Then you can sew on a ribbon loop. I’d suggest a slightly thicker ribbon, so it’s stronger, and doesn’t hurt your wrist as much. Make sure have a big enough ribbon loop to slip your whole hand thru! It would be bad go thru all the time to sew it on, and then not be able to actually put it over your wrist! Good luck!