Pancakes
Master October 2015

Bustle on a Tulle Ballgown?

Pancakes, on July 27, 2015 at 12:14 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 1 27
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My intentions were always to cut off the train of my dress. I haven't been able to find a nice looking way to bustle a tulle ballgown. But now that I'm going to a seamstress instead of using FMIL, I am considering all of my options. Does anyone have any pictures of bustles that work on a tulle skirt? As FMM put it today, without looking like Cinderella's step sisters? Lol. Attached are pictures of my skirt. Thanks!




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Latest activity by Carol, on April 5, 2019 at 8:49 PM
  • LadyMonk
    Master September 2014
    LadyMonk ·
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    Mine was tulle and my mom did the bustle. We did a combination of French and American bustles (some under, some over). There were quite a few points in the end because my dress just had SO much fabric. I felt that having a combo made it not as much like Cinderella's sisters, lol.

    Damn, I just realized that I don't actually have any photos of my dress bustled from the back since I wore a second dress over the dinner and when I changed back the photographers were pretty close to leaving.

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  • Janeen
    Master January 2015
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    I had a bustle on a tulle ballgown. Let me see if I can find a picture.

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  • LadyMonk
    Master September 2014
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    Ok, if you're in a serious dilemma, PM me and I can always try to pull my dress out of my closet and take a photo, lol... *excuse to try it on again...?*

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  • OriginalRandi
    Master November 2015
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    Sorry, I have zero experience with tulle, but just wanted to pop on and say your dress is GORGEOUS. Smiley smile

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  • Pancakes
    Master October 2015
    Pancakes ·
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    Thanks, guys. Just checking out all my options.

    Thanks, Randi Smiley smile

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  • Barbara
    Master September 2014
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    Mine was three points and relatively low so that it wouldn't be too bunchy.


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  • HereComeTheYorks
    Master April 2016
    HereComeTheYorks ·
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    @barbara what did yours looks like before the bustle? out of curiosity

    I have a tulle ballgown too

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  • Bethyonce
    Master February 2015
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    I don't have much advice but, wanted to say that both Pancakes and Barbara's dresses are gorg!

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  • Rebecca
    VIP June 2015
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    Beautiful dress! My friend didn't have tulle, but she had 14 French bustles due to the amount of fabric, and it took three people to hook it all up, so I'm just here to offer two tips:

    - the seamstress "color-coded" the bustles with 3 alternating pastel ribbon colors, so it was easy to find and match them up, since it was so easy to lose track in all the fabric - depending on how many you need, might be good

    - it took 2-3 people to bustle her dress, between holding fabric and tying it up... make sure that ahead of time, you arrange for at least two of your BMs to be with you to help, because one person can't do it alone, and they may be running around doing other things when you are ready to bustle the dress, if they don't know when you want to do it.

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  • futuremrs.l
    Super July 2015
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    My seamstress did a 5 point invisible bustle. She did them in tiny layers so it just looked like my train disappeared by the end.

    She somehow attached the layers of tulle together in a sort of pulley system. I have never seen it done this way before, but was perfect, as I also didn't want a poufy butt. The hooks for the bustle attached at the top of the skirt so you didn't see weird layers or creases. Hard to describe for sure. I will see if I have any of the pics back yet of it.

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  • LadyMonk
    Master September 2014
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    Rebecca - Mine also had colour coded ties. It's extremely recommended. I also had 3 BM's but they could do it in less than 2 minutes. We only had one "practice" the day before the wedding.

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  • Janeen
    Master January 2015
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    I don't have any that make what it looks like clear lol. Mine had 9 anchor points due to the number of layers and how sturdy it had to be for dancing.

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  • LadyMonk
    Master September 2014
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    Futuremrs.l - Mine had the layers connected too. I also can't remember what that's called... maybe a chain stitch of some sort? The seamstress should know.

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  • Elyse
    Master September 2015
    Elyse ·
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    Girl, I was fighting this too because I don't know how It's going to be pulled off. The seamstress said that she should just be able to do a 3 point one and hopefully it's like Barbara's. Following this for some ideas!

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  • futuremrs.l
    Super July 2015
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    All i have is from the side, not sure if that helps? I will upload more if I get one back with more the full butt region


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  • Pobrecita
    Dedicated August 2015
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    I cut off the satin underlay part of the train but left the tulle train. My alterations lady is doing an over bustle but with just the tulle, it looks so much better. She encouraged me to keep part of the train, because "it's the only time in your life you will ever get to wear a train"

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  • Pancakes
    Master October 2015
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    My plan was to go to the seamstress and say my thought is to cut the train off, but I'm open to options so show me the possibilities. I would be looking for something more like FutureMrsL. It's as if there is no train, which I prefer. The only reason I would leave the train on is maybe for pictures it would look kick ass (getting pictures in a local "castle") and having a train might be able to sell it a little better after the wedding. Having it cut down for a 5'3 girl with only one-inch heels already cuts out a lot of people. Lol.

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  • AJKNin
    Expert September 2015
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    My dress is with the seamstress, so no photo yet... My skirt has quite a bit less fabric than yours, but it's a full tulle skirt. Like @futuremrs.l mine is attached at the waistline instead of bustled lower - it makes the skirt a little fuller in the back, but it doesn't have that cascading fabric look in the back (which I didn't want). I'm not doing a great job describing, but basically she's doing 5 points along the waistline in the back, so the skirt gathers and comes up a bit, sort of like loose pleats.

    (Edited for spelling)

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  • Barbara
    Master September 2014
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    HereComeThe Yorks-- I don't think I have a shot of my actual dress from the back without the bustle up, but I found this one online of the dress in ivory. The train's not super long, but I think that bustle could still work with a longer train. I'll also add that the lining and the tulle were bustled separately, which helped from putting too much weight on each of the points.


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  • JCB
    Master September 2015
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    I don't think I've ever seen your dress! It honestly isn't what I pictured you in but it is gorgeous! Looks great on you. Sorry, no help on the bustle. Just wanted to say you are pretty :-P

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