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Bsmith
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Date: 9/30/11 11:01 PM

I have been asked to add a bustle to a gown that is all tulle (about 12 layers)...very full. I've never done any bustles before. Any suggustions as to what type of bustle to do for this type of dress.

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Date: 10/2/11 11:56 PM

This is a picture of the dress. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated...
http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_VW351007-VW351007_Bridal-Gowns-Shop-By-Designer-White-by-Vera-Wang

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Date: 10/3/11 0:58 AM

Ok, I am by no means an expert, but my daughter's wedding dress was almost the same as this one. She decided against a train, but if I had had to bustle one, the main difficulty would have been to attach loops to the many layers of tulle, without this being visible when the train is down.

How long is the veil? A floor length one provides some coverage, but as the bridal couple usually face away from their guests during the ceremony, everyone will get a good and leisurely view of the bride's back. This needs to be considered when contemplating how to bustle.

As I said, I am by no means an expert. We solved the problem with a second dress, which my daughter wore for the more informal part of the evening. This was practical, because even something essential like going to the bathroom is an impossibility in the huge tulle skirt. Moving between tables in the smallish venue to talk to guests would have been very difficult too, and she had enough of the corset top after the ceremony, photos, speeches etc etc which amounted to about 5 or 6 hours.

If a second dress is not an option, i would try and flatten out the tulle layers at several points to attach a loop that can be tied to a ribbon at the waist, to draw the skirt up. Problem is, I can't think of any way to do this ahead of time without these points showing as kinks in the cloud of tulle. You could maybe attach the loop to the bottom layer of tulle beforehand, then hand sew all the layers together during the reception at those points. Or use safety pins. Not ideal and likely to be a pain to have to do this during the reception as your daughter impatiently steps from on foot on the other to rejoin her guests and have a good time.

Maybe someone else can think of a quicker and more professional way to attach the loops.






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Date: 10/4/11 11:45 PM

Fortunately, the train on this gown is not terrribly long; full, yes, but not long.
I solved this problem on a Justin Alexander tulle gown with 7 french bustles, tied with 7 different sets of white and ivory ribbons. (I used organza in different widths and colors, or you can use satin ribbon, or grosgrain, also.) All the ribbons are sewn to the underside of the tulle layers, and since they are in various shades of ivory or white, they are not easily seen when the bustle is down.
The first ribbon was placed in the center back seam at about or just above knee level, with the matching one for it just far enough below it so that when brought together, the back of the dress is just dragging slightly on the floor. Going out from the center, each of the next sets of ribbons were spaced at intervals to bring the skirt up evenly all across the back. It takes a bit of practice, but really isn't difficult. Just be patient. I am sure there are videos on Utube that can help.
I like the french bustle on tulle because the stitching is virtually invisible. Using different patterned or colored (even slightly) ribbons makes the whole bustling procedure easy for anyone to do it.

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Date: 10/5/11 1:36 PM

I just read a review and the reviewer stated that the dress cannot be bustled. The bride might have to carry her train the old-fashioned way with a loop over her wrist.

That said, my wedding gown back in 1994 was a pretty full skirted tulle gown. It was bustled with hooks and thread eyes sewn in light yellow. I can tell you that it was a nightmare and I did not bustle the dress until I wore it the 2nd time and I was able to bustle it while on the hanger, hanging from the doorway.

PS. I had a destination wedding in Hawaii. I left the skirt down. When I returned home and we had our small reception for family and close friends that's when I bustled it when I wasn't wearing the dress.

Good luck. I'll be interested is seeing the solution.
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Date: 10/5/11 4:24 PM

Another way would be to run three to four loops of ribbon from the underneath and have them gofrom the back to the front and hook them on the front of the waist band. You could get the fluff off of the floor and the ribbons could be hidden in the folds of the tulle. You would not have a true bustle, but you would have a clean dress.

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Date: 10/6/11 2:20 AM

I'm not sure how well it'd work, but if you absolutely had to bustle the dress, you could use thread chains to attach all the layers of tulle (but make the thread chains long enough to allow the layers some free movement), then attach the bustling ribbons to the undermost layer. You'd probably have to make quite a few bustling points though in order to distribute the weight on each thread chain.

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Date: 10/6/11 8:48 AM

Large quilter pins. They could be covered with ribbon and the layers could be pinned all together then put up. Twelves layers is alot of work to put up individually.

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Date: 10/13/11 12:41 PM

I've heard from my husband, who is a wedding photographer, that often at high end weddings the wedding planner will do the bustle on the spot between the ceremony and reception. If you're comfortable trying that, you can just pack a needle and heavy thread and tack the bustle in place. The benefit of this is that you don't have to worry about the stitches for the loops ruining the effect of the dress.

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