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margiemvp1 | Posted in General Discussion on


I’m new here, What is the best way to do a wedding dress bustle?



  1. ineedaserger329 | | #1

    The best ones i've seen (never made) consisted of a loose fitting slip with multiple layers of coarse tulle and an outer shell that keeps it from touching the dress. these particular ones are for light-weight gowns that don't need too much fluff. the best two features I have seen:
    don't use a zipper if you can help it...makes it more breathable. A hem-like waistband that doesn't stretch too much and finish the edge and area where the zipper would be, just like you are putting a zipper in, and just put a button at the top, and it you need to, a couple of them to fill the gap. A well-fit waistband makes a much more comfortable day.
    Make two layers of tulle this way. the one that will be underneath will have said waistband and sit at the waist. the other layer sits just above the knees. it gives more poof to the bell of the dress with little weight on the bride...it gets connected with buttons no more than 2" apart.....that should do it....like i said, lightweight material on either side of tulle.....as many layers as you think you will need...Good luck....and remember that it can be scaled down (bottom layer removed) for dancing and comfort.Again good luck

    1. margiemvp1 | | #2


      1. MaryinColorado | | #3

        I wonder if it could be removable for comfort reasons. My dil removed the long flowing train from her gown during the reception after the formal photos were done.  just a thought, the button loops were concealed within the folds of the gown, with the buttons on the train.  What a project, I admire your abilities and daring! Mary

        1. Sancin | | #4

          I can't recall on which one, but one of the other sewing discussion lists had quite a lengthy discussion and instructions on this.  Perhaps if you Google "making a bustle" or some sort of derivative and then follow links you can find it. I find a lot of information on sew-whats-new forums so perhaps that is where it was.

  2. Cherrypops | | #5

    You don't specify what type of bustle.

    http://www.leanna.com/Bridal/Bustles.htm covers quite a few styles and the link on the site is pretty good too.


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