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Ali
Expert October 2011

Bustle your own gown?

Ali, on June 6, 2011 at 7:30 PM Posted in Do It Yourself 0 22

I'm cringing at the thought, but I'm thinking of bustling my own gown, it's an Alfred Angelo 1516 and I'm looking at doing a three point over bustle. Has anyone done their own bustling? And how do you think the bustle would look with this gown? Sorry I don't have a picture on this computer.

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Latest activity by Susan E. Lanzara, on June 7, 2011 at 8:20 PM
  • Analy aka T-waffle
    Master October 2009
    Analy aka T-waffle ·
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    Go to a seamstress. That's not something people generally "DO" for themselves. You would need to pin it with the dress on yourself, which would be impossible. It's not an expensive thing to have done.

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  • Ali
    Expert October 2011
    Ali ·
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    It's not the expense, it's that there isn't anyone even close the my area that does it. I'm tempted to have it on and have my MOH pin it. I am by no means a seamstress, but from what I've read they are simple to do.. I know, those are famous last words.

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  • Analy aka T-waffle
    Master October 2009
    Analy aka T-waffle ·
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    No, they are not "simple to do". You need to have it professionally done or you run the risk of the pins tearing the fabric of the dress or you tripping over it. Alfred Angelo will be able to do it with the rest of your alterations, unless of course, your dress fits absolutely perfectly as is...

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  • Wicked Lizzie
    VIP September 2011
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    I have no idea how the whole bustling works at my dress place they said i only need a loop at the bottom cause i already have buttons down the back and that it was a really simple thing because i was considering taking the train all the way off but the train is so pretty i couldnt do it so bustling i will go well not me but my neighbor is going to

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  • Ali
    Expert October 2011
    Ali ·
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    I'm not having my dress altered outside of possibly the bustle. I don't have an Alfred Angelo anywhere near me, I went out on a limb and ordered it online and had it shipped to me. My dress has buttons down the train and back too. All it would be is either loops or maybe hook and eye closures. I'm not going to just start doing it lol, but I'm going to look into it further, people sew their own dresses, so it's possible lol

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  • Analy aka T-waffle
    Master October 2009
    Analy aka T-waffle ·
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    Soooo....you've never tried it on, but you know it won't need any alterations to fit you? You'd be the first. Ever.

    Unless you are a seamstress, this is highly ill advised.

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  • Ali
    Expert October 2011
    Ali ·
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    I'm sorry if I didn't make that clear, I have it and I've tried in on quite a few times. Like I said, I wouldn't call myself a seamstress, but I have sewing experience. Thank you for your opinion, I understand what you mean, it's a risky thing.

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  • Chesty LaRue
    Master August 2011
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    These are all the AA stores in your area I would call and check on price before you attempt this 1.Bridal Exclusives

    8950 SE Sunnyside Road

    Clackamas, OR 97015

    (503) 659-3766

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    2.Formal Affairs

    108 S.E. Court

    Pendleton, OR 97801

    (541) 278-2309

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    3.Cordially Invited

    370 S.E. 3rd Street

    Bend, OR 97702

    (541) 330-8887

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    4.Your Wedding Connection

    2900 NW Vine St- Suite H

    Grants Pass, OR 97526

    (541) 956-9250

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    5.Emporio Bridal

    12000 SE 82nd Avenue

    Portland, OR 97239

    (503) 786-6950

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    6.Serendipity

    1511 Adams Avenue

    La Grande, OR 97850

    (541) 962-0960

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    7.Fashion Expressions

    130 S.W. Ellsworth St.

    Albany, OR 97321

    (541) 928-3617

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    8.Charlotte's Weddings & More

    8725 SW Beaverton

    Portland, OR 97225

    (503) 297-9622

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    Stor

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  • Chesty LaRue
    Master August 2011
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    Bridal Exclusives

    1094 Lancaster NE

    Salem, OR 97301

    (503) 364-2251

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    10.Tower Bridal at the Water Tower

    5331 S.W. Macadam Avenue

    Portland, OR 97239

    (503) 274-8940

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    11.The Bridal Gallery

    180 Liberty Street SE

    Salem, OR 97301

    (503) 363-2161

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    12.Shirley's Fashion Btq

    205 Fern Valley Road #1

    Pacific Northwest Mall

    Phoenix, OR 97535

    (541) 512-8903

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    13.Special Occasions Unlimited

    1085 N. Pacific Hwy

    Woodburn, OR 97071

    (503) 981-6265

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  • Kimm
    Master October 2012
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    Well it all depends on which look you want. I just googled the bustle for this particular dress and saw 3 different looks. I have been sewing since I was 13 and personally I would only tackle 2 of these 3.


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  • Kimm
    Master October 2012
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    Here is the 3rd way and personally I like this one better but this is one that I would NOT tackle. Good luck in what you decide.


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  • Ali
    Expert October 2011
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    Thank you, chuwana. Like I said, I'm in no hurry and I'll look into a few different things. I has just asking if anyone else had bustled their own or if anyone had seen that dress bustled.

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  • Wicked Lizzie
    VIP September 2011
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    Yeah mine would be no where near that complicated Im with the not doing it your self heres what the back of my dress looks like so mine would be a bit different look to it


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  • Mrs. Robinson
    Expert August 2011
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    Just Lizzie That looks like the same material as mine I think I have three different materials that have to be bustled.

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  • Ali
    Expert October 2011
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    Thank you Kimm those were only images I could find either. I'm thinking I'll follow the style of the black one but have other points on the sides so it would be kindof in inverted V instead of being squared off. But I do love the pink one, it isn't my style.

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  • Wicked Lizzie
    VIP September 2011
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    Luckly im not doing it my self I think this dress has two layers that would need it

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  • Kimm
    Master October 2012
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    Well if you're going to for more of the looks of the black one but make it more your own style, then I don't think you really should have too much of problem. If you or someone you know has done plenty of sewing and know that it's going take a bit of doing because the dress and it's layers are going to be a bit on the heavy side and you don't want it to rip the dress, then I think you should be ok. I would practice with something first of equal weight and see what you get.

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  • Justine
    Master August 2011
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    I have the same dress and I was lucky enough that I only have to have the bustle done. It was only $120 to have the cascade bustle put in at the Alfred Angelo store I'm sure there has to be someone near you who has some experience with bustling, it would be a shame to damage your dress and ndot be able to fix it.

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  • Kelly
    Savvy June 2012
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    I have never done a bustle but have considered it. Best thing to do is practice on something that is the same material as your dress. Atleast you will know your limitations. Also make it a simple bustle or something that you feel you can do.

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  • Kelly
    Savvy June 2012
    Kelly ·
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    I have never done a bustle but have considered it. Best thing to do is practice on something that is the same material as your dress. Atleast you will know your limitations. Also make it a simple bustle or something that you feel you can do.

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