(Closed) Opinions on bustles? What looks best/stays the best on this?

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I have no clue but your dress is beautiful! 🙂

Post # 4
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Busy bee

According to the wedding planning book I used, french bustles are sturdier and less likely to come out.  I’m also partial to french bustles, as far as looks.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

If your dress is light, then the type of bustle you choose shouldn’t be a problem. I think an American bustle would be easier to do and would look really nice on the dress.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Given the short length of your train, I would suggest a single-point overbustle.  See an example here: http://www.leanna.com/Bridal/bimages/DCP02666A.jpg

You would secure this with a small clear or fabric covered button and a little loop sewn to the back seam of your dress.   Play around with the poitioning of both the button and the loop until you get it to lay nicely.

You can also see more bustle styles here: http://www.leanna.com/Bridal/Bustles.htm.

Good luck!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Also, for a single-point bustle, the distance between the button and the loop should be about equal to the length of your train (from where it hts the floor to the end).  Where the button is placed affects how much of the sides get pulled up as well–the higher the button, the more the sides will get pulled up.  How high you need it depends on the width of your train, which is why I suggested you try several different positions before securing it.  Good luck!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

I’m not sure what would work best, but I would suggest only doing the single-point bustle if your train is very light material.  

I had a bustle similar to the single-point over bustle that blushingaudrey described.  It looked gorgeous, but it was completely useless.  My dress material was relatively heavy and the bustle didn’t last AT ALL.  I had my Bridesmaid or Best Man bustle it right after the ceremony and when I sat down to sign the marriage license, the loop that the button was supposed to go into snapped right off my dress.  I tried pinning it, but it only stayed up for a few minutes at a time.  By the end of the night, I gave up and spent the whole reception kicking around the train.  Not fun. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Jessie, that’s strange–I wonder if the stitching just wasn’t secure enough I also had a fairly heavy material (embellished lace over heavy satin) but a short (6 inches!) train, and my single point lasted all night. Here’s a picture:

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Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

If your dress is a light material, then the one point overbustle will look lovely! Just be careful of people stepping on your dress from behind, because with only one point, the bustle will more likely come apart.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I love the French bustle. But it’s more work and more expensive. On the other hand, it’s less likely to come out (and I think it looks better than having all the material bunched up on your bum; it gives the dress a lovely textured/ruffled look).

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

i like the single point one posted in #5 (the dress on the left).

i personally find that french bustles create a "big butt" effect, which, with my ghetto booty, i really don’t need more attention THERE

i photographed a wedding where the bride had a singlepoint bustle (which i helped her bustle it a couple of times). It held up well and was simple to do — it’s tricky if only one person, say yr mom / Maid/Matron of Honor, "learnt" to do an elaborate bustle.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

and i forget to say, your dress is BEAUTIFUL!!! i’m loving the corset back!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

I talked to the bridal salon I’m getting my dress at and the dress owner stated that it’s best to get a french bustle because it’s less likely to come loose.  She has been a designer before owning a bridal salon and I trust her since her seamstress used to be a seamstress for Gerald Ford’s wife.

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