Post # 1
So, I bought my dress at the last Filene’s Running of the Brides. They had a seamstress on site who advised me how I could bustle my dress – a sort of irregular three-point overbustle that looked really pretty and organic. It went well with the style of my gown and I was really happy that I could have a pretty bustle.
Fast forward to yesterday, when I took my gown to a seamstress for a consultation so that I could get an idea of how much I need to budget for alterations. This seamstress – very well known and highly rated here in Boston – INSISTED that I could only have a French bustle. Insisted. She pinned it up and I looked in the mirror – ouch.
I like French bustles on other gowns, but I think it looks AWFUL on my gown. I told her I was unhappy and she gave me a million reasons why an overbustle was impossible – chiefly being that you would see the buttons, it would be hard to detach the flowers because they are sewn on really well (??), they might need to special order more flowers, and the small hooks she would need are hard to find, etc. One thing after another. I didn’t understand a lot of what she was explaining, but the main part is that she was resistant to even discussing a different kind of bustle and basically said that this is all I can do.
I DON’T CARE if I see a couple of buttons on the back of my gown. I think this bustle looks like crap, and it makes me really unhappy. Worse, I am having dress regret now because I’m afraid that I won’t be able to find a seamstress who will be able to make me the bustle I like… I just feel sad and uncertain.
To make it worse, I got charged $30 for this stupid consultation, lol. What do you think, Bees?
Post # 3
I don’t think the french bustle on your gown looks bad, but if you want a 3 point overbustle, i’m sure you could find anothe seamstress who could do it. I had one and it was great, easy to do and I didn’t even mind being able to see the 3 buttons, they weren’t really noticiable, my seamstress used little pearls and they kind of blended in with the beading of the dress, and I think with your flowers, it’d hide it quite a bit. Just look around. One of the only problems I had with my 3 poin toverbustle was if I sat down, sometimes the bustle would come undone, but it was a real easy quick fix so jus tbe prepared it might come undone, mine came undone like 3 times last night.
Post # 4
Ugh, I agree wholehearedly with you: the underbustle is not suited to this gown. Find another seamstress for sure. It’s not hard to sew in the elements for a bustle.
Your dress is gorgeous, don’t think for a minute that it’s not the one for you: it’s beautiful and unique and looks like it was sewn precisely for your body.
Post # 5
I’d find a different seamstress. The French bustle looks ok from the side, but I’m less fond of it from the back.
I’m not a seamstress, but I don’t see why buttons for an overbustle couldn’t be a little bit ‘hidden’ near or under some of the flower details on the dress.
FWIW, I think the dress is fabulous on you! 🙂
Post # 6
I agree, a seamstress should be able to do what you request. would you mind messagining me the seamstress you went to? I live in boston and have no idea where to start when it comes to seamstresses for my dress.
Post # 7
Phew! Thanks for the reassurance, ladies. I was hoping I wasn’t going crazy, I definitely am unhappy with how the underbustle looks (and I also don’t understand why a couple of buttons are a big deal). I’ll have to take it around to a few other seamstresses… I hope they don’t all charge for a consult like this one did.
Post # 8
Find other seamstress. I agree with you that the bustles she pin look bad.
Post # 9
That bustle definitely does not suit this dress. I would look elsewhere.
Post # 10
That French bustle does not match your gown at all. I’m sorry you got stuck with a nasty alterations lady. Could you get in contact with the alterations lady you talked to when you bought the dress and see if she can alter it for you?
Post # 11
Omg, this pisses me off? I had a similar problem in which the seamstress insisted my dress wasn’t loose. When I made an appointment with a different lady she agreed it was way too loose. I feel like some people don’t want to do the work. I would find another lady ASAP. They can defiantly do it. Be strong and tell them what you want.
Post # 12
And yes, I agree it looks bad that way.
Post # 13
The bustle does look bad from the back, side is ok. Good Luck!
Post # 14
@his chippymunk: I can try to find the original seamstress, but it’s going to be interesting. Filene’s is out of business now, so I can’t call them to ask where they brought their seamstresses in from. i know only her first name – Aida – and I believe she said she was from Watertown. Let the google quest begin!
Post # 15
Any more hints as to who your seamstress was? A city just south of Boston perhaps.
Post # 16
the bustle isn’t sitting right. maybe it’s too high up for a french bustle or not pinned in enough spots. i can’t see why you can’t do an over bustle.
too bad you didn’t get a pic of how the first lady pinned it.
i’d go to another seamstress to see if they could do an over bustle.