(Closed) Bustling the BHLDN Penelope Gown?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What to do with the train?
    Keep it on and bustle it : (19 votes)
    86 %
    Have a seamstress take it to floor length : (3 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 2
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    481 posts
    Helper bee

    The back is gorgeous – don’t chop it off. I think a 3 point over bustle would work great….

     

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    Post # 3
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    Bumble bee

    I just tried this dress on the other day (looked terrible on me) and the train was so pretty i’d say keep it and just do a bustle

    Post # 4
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I’m your dress twin! I’m looking to bustle mine. I just took it to a tailor yesterday who told me she could not bustle it because of all the tulle 🙁 But I’m going to get a 2nd opinion. If the next person says they can’t bustle, I’ll consider shortening the train or cutting it off… I plan to spend as much of my wedding as possible on the dance floor and I don’t want to be tripping over my dress.

    Post # 6
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Hi, I’m not sure if you are still looking into Bustling your dress or not, but I purchased this exact dress and had the seamstress bustle the train rather than cut it off since its so beautiful as is, but I think that a bustle looks odd and does not compliment the style of the dress, I am also still on the fence on whether to keep as is or not. The seamstress I used is wonderful and was referred by BHLDN but I don’t think there are many options for ways to make the bustle work. She used 5 clear buttons with white hooks at the end and unfortunately when the dress train is down you can slightly see the hooks and buttons. Below is the image of the dress when it’s bustled.

    Post # 7
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    30 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    Dress twin here!  You bees have gotten a lot farther with this than I have (my Penelope won’t arrive until September and my wedding is next May) but when I asked the owner and tailor what it would like bustled, she said it would be no problem and modeled it like this.  After reading this post I’m concerned it will be more complicated than she indicated…

    Post # 8
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    3 posts
    Wannabee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Personally I think your dress looks much better the way she is planning to bustle it than my seamstress did with mine, which I’m a bit unhappy with. To be honest though, no matter how it’s bustled you will still be able to see either the buttons or hooks that go along with bustling since it’s all tule. I’m not sure there is any way to avoid seeing the bustle parts when the train is out… If anyone finds a way to bustle this dress without taking away from the train when it’s out please share!! I’m debating on whether to have my seamstress redo them and try again…

    Post # 9
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    30 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2016

     

    briarrose822:  I actually like the way yours is bustled, and if I don’t end up liking mine when we get to that point I’m showing the tailor your picture!  It looks so smooth and how low it is makes it flow with the whole dress.  

    I guess there’s no avoiding the buttons or hooks…hopefully they’re small enough only we’ll really notice them?  I think it’s good you’re keeping the train though–I had thoughts of cutting off the train myself, but 100% of the people there with me told me to keep it!  

    Post # 10
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    @hayleybee: That honestly made me feel a bit better about the bustle on mine. When I went to have the seamstress show me the final product I didn’t have my girls with me to give me their opinions, so I was a bit at a loss. But I greatly appreciate your input, especially since you know the dress so well . The way she Bustled mine made me think of a waterfall, the way it flowed.

    I think with this dress there is no way to avoid seeing those buttons and hoops and I’m sure we are the only ones that will notice them. I had a girl walk into the shop while the bustle was actually fully down and she said she didn’t think anyone would notice the buttons or hooks and that they would just be focused on the bride, not the back of the dress, so that is a bit reassuring as well.

    Thank you for your input, it’s been so helpful and I hope that I was able to help in your process as well! Good Luck and Congrats!!!

    Post # 11
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    3 posts
    Wannabee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    tiatortilla:  Hi there! I have the same dress and my seamstress also recommended that I take the train to floor length. Can you share a photo of your altered dress? Also, did you do anything with the extra fabric? A friend recommended making a veil out of it!

    Post # 12
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    2 posts
    Wannabee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    tiatortilla: Another Penelope bride here, with the same dilemma. Can you share a photo of your dress with the train cut off? Also, how much did you have cut off? I love the train, but didn’t love the way my seamstress proposed busting it (can’t get my photo to load) so I’m on the fence. 

    Post # 13
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    2 posts
    Wannabee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    briarrose822:  Congrats on your recent wedding! What did you end up doing about the bustle?

    Post # 15
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    3 posts
    Wannabee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Hey bees!

    I had this same dilemma and just wanted to share that

    1) my mom and Maid/Matron of Honor convinced me NOT to cut off the train,

    2) I like to MOVE on the dance floor, and the train was perfectly fine–I just needed to hold it a couple times, but it was kind of fun to grab this huge skirt and swirl it around, and

    3) I actually am really glad I kept the train. It looks stunning in the couple of pictures I saw from the wedding. 

    So you probably can’t go wrong no matter what you do! 

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