- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
Hello my fellow bees:
I have an issue that I don’t know what to do. 🙁 My dress has a large train and lots and lots of tulle. I can easily tell the frustration in the expressions I get just by looking at the faces of the women in alterations when I say I want a bustle. I requested a ballroom bustle where everything gets tucked under.
The only problem is that in order for them to get all the tulle to go under too, they decided to add stitch points all around the back hem and then attaching the tulle to the actual satin underlay. The bustle looks great all hooked up, it was beautiful and looked seamless as if there isn’t a bustle to begin with when you look at it. The problem is when the bustle is ‘out’ and the train is laying freely. When I move around and walk, the tulle where the train is will gather up in large clumps near the hemline where they attached the tulle itself to the satin underlay.
I am so unhappy with it and I’m thinking I’ll be walking down the aisle with large clumps in my train, but I don’t know what to do. When it is hung up and steamed, you can see the fabrics lay straight. But when I wear the dress and walk in it, the train clumps up in heaps at the stitch points where they attached the tulle overlay to the satin underlay.
Now I’m thinking the ballroom bustle may not be a good fit at all. What are your thoughts on this and how to resolve this? I voiced my concerns with the David’s Bridal staff that works with alterations and they basically said there’s nothing they can do about it and just egged me to accept it. But the more I think about it as well as how much I shelled out to buy this dress, I just can’t just accept it…I just can’t. 🙁
And it makes me feel worse that the people in alterations don’t want to deal with my dress. I came back to the store twice and they continue to egg me to just accept it. They said stitching the tulle to the silk underlay is the only way they can get the dress and all its layers to go ‘under’ which makes sense, but there has to be some other way! I just don’t know what? Should I do another bustle? Most other bustles i’ve seen are not friendly to the eyes in my opinion (makes the bride look like they’re pooping…I’m sorry its the best I can describe, lol).
Anyhow, I’m so sorry for the lengthy rant. I’m just at witts end. I’m sure the staff in alterations see me and my dress as a nuissance. Each time I come in for an appointment for a fitting and bustle alteration, they see the tulle and I can see their eyes roll and hear them when they sigh in frustration almost like they’re grunting air….while I’m stnading there as if I didn’t have ears. -_-
I paid almost $80 to include a bustle I’m not happy with. Actually the bustle is pretty when it’s all up and hooked under….again, it’s just when the train is in its freeform and I’m walking that the large clumping happens because they decided to stitch the tulle to the underlay.
Should I just accept it? Or have them find an alternative? If so then what? Another bustle? And if so , then what kind. Any words of advice would be greatly appreciated.
I included a picture of my gown so you can see how long the train is and how much tulle they have to work with. I never thought I’d encounter such a problem when I bought my dress. I didn’t get a picture of the clumping because my phone died before I could grab a picture…but trust me, it was bad. =/