Post # 1
I guess i’m a little confused as to what exactly a bustle on a dress is so bare with me. I have a long train so I know I’m going to need one when I meet with my seamstress. Do they actually sew little buttons or loops on the train to pick it up? Does anyone have any pictures of what it looks like when the train is completely down? Are there different types?
If anyone knows of a bustle guide somewhere that they can refer me to, that would be great. Am I supposed to bring in a bustle picture when I go in to the seamstress?
Thank you all for your help!
Post # 3
I loved the bustle on my dress. After about 5 minutes the train was really irritating and it was so freeing to have it bustled and be able to move around.
There are tons of threads and websites out there describing the different types of bustles. Here’s one. It depends on the kind of dress you have: length of train, formality of gown, fabric, and just the look you’re going for.
I had a 3 point overbustle and it worked great for me because my dress wasn’t very heavy and the train was pretty short. They sew buttons into each layer of fabric, yes. Though some bustles just use ribbon that you tie instead, but again it depends on the fabric.
On the top chiffon layer of my dress the buttons and loops were so tiny and matched so well with the beading on my dress that they were difficult to find with my mom on her knees behind me, so they certainly aren’t an eyesore if that’s what you’re imagining. Most dresses with trains have bustles, they are compltely invisible when the train is down.
Depending on your dress it might be a good idea to have an idea of the sort of bustle or at leas the general look you’d like. I’m sure the seamstress will have suggestions about what would work best as well.
Post # 4
When you meet your seamstress she will show you different styles, because not all kinda of bustles will work, it depends on what style dress you have, train length, etc.
Post # 5
@kala_way: Thank you for the website! I ended up on victorian dress site and I was thinking I had no idea what to expect!