A bustle allows a bride to have a long flowing train during the ceremony and then
lift the train off the floor for dancing at the reception. The typical wedding dress requires 3-5 bustle points; however, a long train made with heavy fabric could
require more. The manufacturer does not put bustles on the wedding dress, so it must be added by a tailor.
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When considering a bustle, start by deciding your alterations budget. Some bustles can be as inexpensive as $20.00, others may run $200 or more. The more
complicated a bustle is, the more money it will cost. Other cost factors include the length of the train, and the fabric being used. A cathedral train will prove more difficult to bustle securely, as it
will with delicate fabrics such as lace or silk organza that can tear easily.
Decide what type of bustle you would like to use. There are many different styles so you need to talk with your tailor about the options.
1 For a traditional bustle, get the ties attached on the underside of the skirt. The tie or eye hook should be positioned so that when your bustle is
finished, your skirt hem will be off the floor. Your tailor can sew an eye hook into the seam of the skirt, then to bustle your wedding dress you tuck the skirt up and
under and attach it to the hook or tie on the underside. This will make your hem bubble and your skirt look fuller.
2 For an over bustle, attach the ties or hooks on the outside of your wedding dress. This is the best bustle for a train with lots of details or embroidery.
Regarding this bustle, the lower tie should be about half way down the back of the skirt. Raise it until the underside of the skirt is off the floor and tie it to the
top tie. This skirt may have several bustles to lift the back of the dress to display all the bead work on the train. If that is the case, you must tuck in each of the
folds so that with the final tie, the dress will be neatly layered.
3 For ballroom-style bustles, lift the loops of the train up, securing it to the carefully positioned buttons at the waist of the dress. Each loop will have a
button with the train becoming the same length as the wedding dress.
4 For an Austrian bustle, it is a secure bustle created by the use of a loop and pull system similar to that of a window shade. A string is pulled and it
bunches the train up.
5 For a tufted bustle, lift the pickup points of the train, which contain a hook to the anchor point, often halfway between the pickup point and the waist of
the dress. Repeat for each tuft until all pickup points have been lifted from the ground. The train now looks like extra tufts on the wedding dress.
6 For a French bustle, tuck the train up beneath the skirt of the wedding dress, securing it in place with ribbons that allows you to knot them as tightly, or
as loosely, as you like. No one will be able to see where the bustle is attached as it will be underneath the skirt, adding dimension to the back view of the wedding
7 For a pickup bustle, lift the one pickup point to any of the buttons on the back of the dress. This style allows the bustle to be as high or as low as the
bride wants. This simple solution still gives a dramatic and elegant effect.
8 For a sash gown bustle, some brides choose to remove the sash, others tie it up into a loopy bow.
When using multiple ties, have the tailor use different color ribbons to color code which ties go together. This will make the job much easier and will also make
the ties easier to see under all the layers of tulle and skirting.
A good tailor will hide any outer hooks or buttons into the seams or detail work so they are not easily visible to guests. If the ties are too obvious, ask your
tailor to fix them correctly.
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