I am trying to start an altering business at home. I have started to do okay as far as customers are concerened. I am getting more requests for bustling on the wedding dresses and more work with wedding formals etc. I only knew one thing about bustling. You put three hooks around the waist and the loops on the train after experimenting to get the train even with the gown. Now I find that it is not that simple. Brides come in all sizes. And gowns are made so different that this does not work as simple as I thought. Will I just have to keep experimenting ? Does the gown necessarily need to be worn when deciding where to put the hooks. I was asked about under bustling, or french bustling whew, I need some instruction I guess.since I know nothing about french bustling. I would just work the same under neath as on top I guess.
So far everything has worked out with bustling a gown, but I spent so much time on it that the charge was a mystery for me to figure. Obviously wedding dresses should be charged more to work on since they are so huge in fabric. Would it be okay to charge by the hour? Please lead me to some instructions on bustling and charges for this type of work. I appreciate this site very much. Thank you Virg