(Closed) I HATE MY BUSTEL!! is it supposed to look like this?!

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
24 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013










If your looking for totally honest… the bustle does look a little choppy. But that doesnt mean she cant fix it!! any way you can see what it looks like to have the fabric underneath bustled separately then the tulle!?  I saw this from a link another bee post. The dress is a little different then yours (Mainly chiffon vs tulle).. But I think the same sort of 2 layer bustle could work. 








Post # 18
439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You could do an under bustle, i wanted to cut my train off as i don’t like most bustles but my seamstress talked me into keeping it and just under bustling it, and you totally can’t even tell – this is just pinned so not perfect but gives you an idea. Don’t know how well that will work with such a big dress but worth a try?


Post # 19
5486 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I dont see anything wrong with it. 

Post # 20
518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My dress was kind of similar to yours. This was what my bustle looked like. It’s some kind of under bustle I guess and had 16 points. That much I know because I paid per point. If I remember correctly she had to put in bar tacks to make the bustle lay correctly, that might be part of your problem.





Post # 21
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I can see why you’re unhappy, it’s so pretty befoyou it’s bustled. 

Have you seen this dress bustled any other way? I know with my dress I saw it bustled a few different ways and hated them all except one so I made sure they did that one. It would have looked awful any other way. Have you googled the name of your dress and the word bustle. You might find some ideas

Post # 22
1125 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I have to admit, it doesn’t look very good. I would do an underbsutle. As a seamstress, she should have known to do that with that type of tulle anyhow. You look lovely though!

Post # 23
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

First of all that dress looks beautiful on you!


The train is NOT supposed to have a notch taken out of it at all. Its supposed to be a smooth rounded edge that mimics the underskirt. Something is terribly wrong with that. That irritates me more than the bustle honestly.

Lastly tule is hard to bustle because its so fluffy. A better seamstress might be able to smooth out some of the poof.

Post # 24
8373 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Your gown is absolutely gorgeous! I love it! 🙂

I agree that your bustle is not the best style for your beautiful, tulle gown. I had an Austrian bustle, and I loved it:



Post # 25
1839 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

can the two outer points be put higher at all? i see the middle can’t because of the lacing, but it seems so low.

i LOVED my bustle. i think it was the same type as yours, but the two outside points were up higher to the seam between bodice and skirt. But… my skirt also had draping and covered most of the points.


Before bustle:



After bustle:



Post # 26
2842 posts
Sugar bee

@Nel13:  Well I’ve never had a bustle, but I am thinking just the middle one should be up higher. I do not think an under bustle would work well with this dress in this fabric. And the hem…looks very off. I, personally, would not ask this woman to touch this dress again (she will ruin it). She’s already done shoddy work. It’s worth paying a little extra to get it done right. 

ETA: I see that someone else commented that the lacing is in the way of putting the middle point higher, so maybe have two middle points, one on each side of the lacing (with a nice little drape between points.

Post # 27
1203 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I would take it to someone else. Your bustle just does not looke good and really takes away from the absolute beauty of your dress.  I really hope you can get it fixed and be happy with it at your wedding.

Post # 28
1809 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Nel13:  noooooo. That bustle is completely fucked up, and she should not have had to take material our of your dress to make it work. You need to find a new seamstress.

Post # 29
7960 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Nel13:  i can see why you are unhappy and concerned.  try a lower french bustle.

Post # 31
8700 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Nel13:  “we just do it while its on a hanger not a 3d model.”

WHAT. NO. Get your baby away from those butchers! The CLEARLY have no idea what they’re doing! How does a wedding dress alterations place not have a DRESS FORM?

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