You may be surprised to learn that your wedding dress does not come with a bustle in place. Your bustle needs to be decided with your seamstress, as it can be done by sewing loops into your dress or why not use a bustle pin this lifts the back of your wedding dress to your chosen hem length.
Why bother with bustling?
Bustling your wedding dress will protect it from getting dirty and damaged after your ceremony. It also allows you to dance the night away without tripping over your train.
The history of the bustle.
Women have been bustling their dresses since the early 19th century. In addition to protecting their gowns, under dress bustling offered a waist-slimming effect. Today, dress bustling is a tradition for wedding dresses.
Can I bustle my own wedding dress?
Bustling a dress is not as simple as it may sound. As mentioned above, professional seamstresses custom bustle each dress to the bride’s perfect hem length. If you want to use a bustle pin then advice should be taken from your seamstress as to where to position it.
Popular types of wedding dress bustles.
Ballroom Bustle: If you lift the train off the floor and over the outside of the dress. this will present an elegant “ballroom” look for light weight and straight gowns and trains. This can be achieved simply with a bustle pin.
Three Point Over-Bustle: A three point over bustle is more secure than the one-point version, and also helps to spread the train so it stays open. This is a great option for gowns with a heavier fabric and fuller dresses as it’s hooked up in 3 places. Great for dresses with lots of detail as this can still be seen. A bustle pin can be used for the centre and your seamstress will need to sew in loops for the other two points to the bustle.
The Under Bustle or French Bustle: For A-Line skirts, or skirts with intricate detailing, an under bustle is ideal. The train is gathered under the skirt creating an old fashioned full look. This method requires a bustle pin or loops sewn in by your seamstress.