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Date: 1/25/12 10:00 PM

The daughter of a friend of mine is getting married and asked if I would make a bustle for the back of her wedding dress so she can pin/button/hook it up, so she can dance, walk, etc. Would anyone know of a tutorial for this? Or would you have some idea as to how it's done? Thank you!

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Date: 1/25/12 10:07 PM

The best info I've found is at Leanna Studios website. She has some beautiful examples and a reasonably priced DVD. The primary focus of the DVD is how to determine bustle points and sew the hooks and thread chains--the website has more before/after photos of actual bustles. In addition, there was at least one thread in the Bridal section--probably more than a year ago--with some useful information.

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Date: 1/25/12 10:32 PM

youtube has a few to watch. youtube1 If you watch this segment you could figure it out.
I also like the book sewing for special occasions from singer books. I done a few and each one is differen't. The best one's I've done are one botton one's. I did do the under bustle. I usually start with the bride trying the dress on. Taking the train and adjust to where the best look of the length will be. Then I go and adjust the sides . I try to make it look evenly across the back of the dress. Once you are satified with the results. After all the adjusting is done put the dress on a dress form. I like to use bottons and ribbon. I put bottons on felt and hand sew onto the dress. the ribbon is looped and also put on felt. I start with each part that is pinned together to make the bustle. sew one botton and sew one ribbon. The ribbon hooks onto the botton. I never had a bustle come down.
Barns an noble should have some books to.
Take a look. Hope this helps.
good luck

-- Edited on 1/25/12 10:46 PM --

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Date: 1/26/12 11:55 AM

If you got to the search box in the upper left hand of most any page on this website, type in bustle and select boards, you will find several of teh wedding foru discussions about bustling. There are some good verbal descriptions about how to go about it. Lots of good info easily available.

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Date: 1/26/12 12:08 PM

For the underbustle, someone gave me a great tip. Use different colored ribbons for each bustle point, so the person doing the bustle can match which gets tied to which. I don't use ribbons & loops, or buttons. I just use 2 pcs of ribbon for each bustle point. Then they get tied together into a bow. The ribbon with the little loops on the edges works well.....keeps the bow tied.

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