Post # 1
I love the look of a high-low hem or a mullet dress, especially for dancing, but the style isn’t common and I haven’t been seeing ones that I like more than the overall look and features of other dresses. I’m wondering if there is a way (and especially if anybody’s done it or seen it done- post pics please) to bustle the dress in the front to create a high-low hem or a mullet look for the reception.
I prefer trumpet, mermaid, or fit and flare dresses that don’t have a shock of additional fabric or tons of additional layers at the bottom, so it seems like this could be possible . . .
Post # 3
I don’t it’s as feasible with a fit-and-flare style, but a line/ball gown might work if you utilize this front-bustle style;
Maybe with a fit-and-flare/dropped waist, you can create a bubble hem (by creating a bustle by tucking the dress under):
But there’s not much to stop this from looking horrifying if you’re not careful:
If it’s a ruffled bottom, maybe you could do a ruched front bustle (something like this):
= bunched ruffles in front?
Post # 4
Seamstress here – I have done a side/front bustle on a dress recently. I put a folded over ribbon into the seam on the inside of the dress. Grosgrain is best because its not slippery and will hold in a knot or bow better. At the same location on the outside of the dress I used white upholstery thread to create an extra thick, loop and wound the thread around it (similar to a shank button treatment) The loop was visible, but not noticeable. when the bride wanted to bustle, she folded up the fabric along that seam like an accordion (think roman shade) and then pulled one half of the ribbon inside through the loop on the outside, and tied it to the other half of the ribbon. If you did this on each of the front seams, you’d have something similar to the steampunk pictures posted here on your feed. If you don’t like the look of the ribbons on the outside of the dress, try placing the loop a little lower, and pull the ribbon back inside to make the knot. If you want to emphasize the ribbon, try using a wide satin ribbon that you can tie in a pretty loopy drapey bow.
Hope this helps:)
Post # 5
you both were so helpful- I really appreciate it
@MlleFabuleux: thanks for the ideas and pics. I definitely won’t be doing a-line or ballgown and I tend not to like ruffles, so we’ll see how this goes.
@artsyfartsyweirdo: so you think this is possible on a mermaid/fitnflare/trumpet dress? do you have a pic of the dress bustled and un-bustled? and you think I could take your description of how to do this bustle to a decent seamstress and she should be able to figure out how to do this?
Post # 6
I don’t have a pic, since it was a customers dress. The following picture is only to show you where the 2 seams are. under her wrists are the seams that most wedding dresses have along their front panel. with a mermaid, you will just have to put your ribbon and loop lower down on the skirt than I did with my a-line customer. If the skirt is very very full, doing a front bustle in the way I described will mean that when youbunch it up to tie with the ribbon, it will get even fuller, like a wad of fabric. This will work better if there are fewer layers of fabric at the lower part of the skirt. If you are wearing a mermaid crinoline underneath, you’ll need to remove it for the reception. Also, you may still need a back bustle, unless you are having the train removed as part of your alterations. Have your seamstress pin or tie up the front of the dress so you can see if you like the way this looks before she sews anything on!