Post # 1
I recently purchased a gorgeous sample Reem Acra dress and fell in love with it. I took it too a the best sematress in town to have fitted and bustled. While she was able to take it in to fit me, she said that it would be extremely difficult to create a bustle.
The dress has a satin underlay and then lots of tulle on top of it. The tulle isn’t in simple layers but is attached in about 8 different chunks. Although it doesn’t sound very pretty, it actually makes the dress look amazing. My seamstress says that to create a bustle we would have to cut off a lot of the tulle to make it more manageable and then create a bustle for each different chunk of tulle. It makes more sense if you look at a few photos of the dress.
Now I am torn. I would love to wear my dress for the entire day, but I don’t want to cut lots of fabric off the train and I don’t want to pay $$$$ for a super big and complicated bustle.
Have any of you encountered a problem like this? What did you do? Is it possible to make it through a reception with an unbustled dresss?
Post # 3
I’m sorry, i can’t be of any help. But your dress is amazing! Love it.
Post # 4
Your dress is gorgeous! We had a hard time bustling my tulle dress as well. I would not try to make it through the reception unbustled, your skirt will tear. What about taking it to another seamstress for a second opinion?
Post # 5
Your dress is GORGEOUS! I’m afraid I might have the same problem. My dress is like all tulle on the bottom. I wouldn’t recommend not bustling for the reception. But maybe the seamstress can add some type of hook on the skirt so that you can put it over your wrist for the reception? It’d be annoying, but it’d be better than the dress dragging on the floor all night.
Post # 6
I don’t know the first thing about bustling but I jsut wanted to tell you that I loves your dress! Good luck!
Post # 7
Time for a second opinion. I think I would call the salon (or others that carry the dress) and ask for a recommendation.
Come to think of it, it might be worth calling the Reem Acra flagship to see what they recommend.
Post # 8
I agree with @Jeannine @ Small Chic:.
Ask for other opinions.
I would not chop off the train at all. It looks very pretty.
Could you buy a second gown for the reception? One that has no train?
Post # 9
Yes, definitely go to someone else. Gosh that train is gorgeous. I wonder if you could take each “strand” of tulle separately and twist it up to attach to the topside of the underlay. Or something. No reason to chop into it!
Post # 10
I never thought of calling the Reem Acra flagship – that’s a great suggestion
My first thought when I saw the dress was that it would be easier to have a wrist loop but when I hold up the tulle it honestly just looks like I am carry a huge pile of fabric – not at all elegant or romantic
I guess the the option would be to change into a reception dress, but it breaks my heart not to have be able to wear this one all night… do you think I could get away with wearing it for the first part of the reception and then change half-way through?
Post # 11
Then you need a different seamstress! My daughters dress has 13 layers! A pain? Yes, defintely but our seamstress was amazing! Her bustle is done in three different layers and has a total of 21 points.
It can be done by someone who knows what they are doing and who actually wants to take their time to get it done right.
Best of luck!
Post # 12
Definitely find a new seamstress. A creative seamstress can find a way to make anything work. My dress had an 8 point bustle so I don’t see why it would be such a big deal to do something similar on yours. I feel like they should be able to do a 1 point bustle with the satin underneath and then a 1pt for each “chunk” as you call it… a 9 point bustle should be do-able.
Post # 13
Yeah, I’m with everyone else. Start calling other places because your dress is beautiful and you I’m sure it can be done.
After all, designers KNOW that dresses get bustled when there is a train!
Post # 14
I can’t help with bustle advice, so I am glad that others have given great advice. I did want to say that dress is BEAUTIFUL and wish you good luck finding a solution so you can wear it all night! 🙂
Post # 15
Wrist loop! 🙂 Get your seamstress to add it in where it is hidden, and make sure it’s kinda thick, so it doesn’t dig in to your wrist!
Post # 16
Your dress is gorgeous. Find another seamstress.