Tips for bustling a tulle A-line wedding dress

posted 2 years ago in Dress
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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ivory18 :  I’m glad you got everything to work out to your satisfaction. HOWEVER, i would NOT recommend that brides start hacking up the layers of their dress themselves because of a bustle. The best tip you could give a bride would be to find a seamstress who knows what she is doing. And if your doesn’t seem to get it, go find a new one. The fact that your seamstress didn’t even know what a French bustle was or how to make one was a huge red flag. That’s the point that you should have taken your dress to be bustled elsewhere. 

Ideally, the underlayers of your dress would have had a French bustle and the top layers of tulle an American bustle. This would have kept it from being so poufy on your butt, will also not putting too much strain on the points (holding up all the layers on a few points often leads to breakage). My seamstress did this easily to my dress. The layers were attached to each other (dress makers do this to keep everything from separating much like they see down the vents on a men’s suit); those layers are meant to be snipped apart for alterations. My seamstress then added a snap back into the train to keep the layers together when the train is out, but allow the layers to be separated and bustled accordingly later. 

A lot of your issues just sound like you had a seamstress who really wasn’t all that familiar with wedding gowns. 

Your make-do bustle solution is actually too short. Your dress should be bustled with a very slight sweep train – you can see that your resulting hemline is uneven and too short in the back. Again, glad it worked out for you, but i wouldn’t recommend this. 

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