Post # 1
When I bought my dress, I thought my fiance and I would end up getting married in a small elopement ceremony here in Australia and there would be no reception or dancing or anything like that. But then my parents in America offered to help us with the costs of having a wedding there so that my family could attend and we agreed. So that means now we will be having a reception. My fiance and I dance tango and several people have expressed an interest that we show off some of our skills for our first dance.
That’s great and all and I would love to do that, but the dress I bought (image here: http://www.onceuponatimebridal.com.au/wp-content/gallery/gallery/unnamed_files_087.jpg) is slim fitting with a sweep train and I am not sure how it could be bustled in a way that would lift it off the ground enough where the heels of my shoes would not get caught in it while doing any fancy footwork.
I’ve looked at some different types of standard bustles, but they all just lift the train off the floor. I really sort of need the dress to be lifted above my ankles. Does anyone know if there is a way to do this or should we just tell people there won’t be any tango performance?
Post # 3
Hmm, what about not doing a bustle, but instead a hook to your wrist? I’m tentative about my thoughts too, since your train is a little one…but hoping you get some advice on this one! I’m thinking a seamstress might have a good suggestion for you. That’s awesome that you’re going to dance tango!
Post # 4
I thought about that, but my arms have to be lifted up- one over his shoulder and the other in his hand- and I thought it might then get in the way. Since my dress hasn’t come in yet, I haven’t spoken with the seamstress about it. I wanted to go into my first meeting with her with some ideas. She’s probably going to look at me like I’m completely nuts.
Post # 5
That is a beautiful dress. Elegant, romantic and simple. I love it.
As a fellow dancer, I understand your concerns. I am assuming you’re referring to Argentine tango with its intricate footwork, weight shifting, etc. It is the only reason why I prefer standard tango when dancing in a long dress.
I agree that the loop will not work since you need maximum arm and upper-body mobility.
Have you thought of changing into another dress for dancing? The problem with a long dress is that it doesn’t let you show off the amazing footwork, and I am afraid that nothing can change that. I think J. Crew makes some lovely, simple dresses, and you can scour eBay for bargains that post worldwide. Another alternative is etsy.
Post # 6
@Edelweiss: I know this post is from a long time ago, but I figured I would comment anyways in case anyone else is in a similar situation. Have you thought about doing a train flip bustle all the way around the dress (front and back)?
These pictures show it done to just the train, but I think you could have the whole bottom portion of the dress lifted up several inches (high enough for you to dance) in the front and back. Here is a link to a tutorial you could show to your seamstress: http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/08/25/ballroom-bustle-train-flip-how-to/
Post # 7
That is a good idea for a satin, taffeta, or nontransparent fabric, but OP’s dress is lace, and her train is much shorter. Frankly, I’d be worried about the delicate nature of the fabric. I am not saying it cannot be done, but I would be very careful.
Post # 8
sorry i can’t offer any advice but wanted to say that your dress is beautiful!
I’m having loads chopped off my train so it’s more of a sweep train. Good luck with the dancing x
Post # 9
@Persephone: The tutorial uses buttons and loops, which would be difficult to use on the lace layer. I suspect a seamstress would do the lining first with buttons and loops like the tutorial. The lace layer could then be attached to the lining with clear snaps. Half of the snaps could be attached to the inside of the lace layer, which would make them pretty much invisible when the dress is unbustled. The other halves of those snaps could be attached to the lining layer, which would still be hard to see when it is unbustled because they would be covered by the lace. If done so that the lace layer is a little bit longer than the lining layer, the lining laywe should hold most of the weight of the dress. The fact that the train is short shouldn’t be a problem for this type of bustle because it should with a train as long as your leg or as short as a few inches.
ETA: The type of snaps I was thinking of (you might need a lot of them, it depends on the weight of the fabric)