Post # 1
Alrighty… My next fitting is a week away, and we’re going to be picking a bustle… Which one do you like? The overbustle or underbustle? I had originally wanted a two-tier French bustle, but my seamstress doesn’t think my train is long enough to pull it off… My mom likes the American bustle, as does the seamstress, but I’m scared to death it’s going to break! (almost every bustle I’ve ever heard about breaking was the American one-point bustle…)
So, any preferences as far as style? And if you like the American bustle, any tips for making sure it won’t rip out? Thanks so much! 🙂
Option 1: American bustle (one-point overbustle)
Option 2: French bustle (three-point underbustle)
Both are kinda wonky/not even on both sides, so I’ll make sure she fixes this before sewing them… Any other ideas besides these two? My dress has a lace top layer, and the seamstress offered no other options beside these… (some of you may remember my corset argument with this seamstress… I’m discovering I have to be sorta firm with her to get anywhere… *sigh… Hopefully the corset will be fixed when I go for this next fitting?)
Thanks so much!!! 🙂 (and sorry for the huge pics that I can’t get to stand up straight…)
Post # 4
Normally, I like a french bustle but for some reason with the lace I prefer the American. Not sure how to prevent breakage though. What does your seamstress say?
Post # 5
I think with that style dress the underbustle works better.
Post # 6
It’s a tough call, I think they are both pretty! I am leaning towards the French because I think it shows off the corset back better. I’ve never heard of the bustle breaking, but I wouldn’t want you to be worried about it all night if you went with the American, so that would be another bonus of the French. Very pretty dress!
Post # 7
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I like the American bustle for your dress. Have the seamstress secure the American bustle at 3 points (close set in a triangle shaped). That way, if one breaks, you still have 2 more to hold it.
Post # 8
The French definitely. Somehow it just flows better and I think it would be more flattering.
Post # 9
I can’t exactly tell from the pictures, but is your dress lace with an underskirt? If so, these dresses (IMHO) look very nice with each layer bustled separately. I did an overbustle on my underskirt, and a sinlge point underbustle bustle for the lace and I loved how it looked.
Here are a few pictures of it in action, and I have a post on how I created the bustle which might help too: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/diy-bustle
Post # 10
@kayakblondie: I love your bustle!
Post # 11
@kayakblondie: oooo! i’ll have to ask her about this idea… it looks very pretty! 🙂 she’s not a super “original” seamstress… so i’ll bring your picture to show her what i’m talking about and see if it’s an option! 🙂
thanks for all the replies… the poll is neck-and-neck, though!!! aaaah!!! haha… i’m so indecisive!
Post # 13
What about a 3 point over bustle? I couldn’t find a good pic, but this is what I’m having done to my gown. The French bustle just didn’t look right on mine, but I didn’t trust an American bustle to hold, because my dress is heavy…. Although for your gown I do like the French bustle a lot!
Post # 14
I love the American bustle to be honest.
Post # 15
I think you should go with the American and see if she can add a few extra loops or buttons to secure it.
Post # 16
alrighty… any last words/votes? i’m going in tomorrow for the pinning and subsequent sewing of the bustle! 🙂
i’ll come back and post what we decided on, too!