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Kimi K
Master February 2012

Lets Discuss... BUSTLES! *

Kimi K, on January 20, 2012 at 8:59 AM Posted in Wedding Attire 1 81
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I had my very first successful alterations appointment on Tuesday. [THANK YOU 2ND BRIDE FOR YOUR RECOMMENDATION!!!] Surprisingly, it was the very first time I had ever looked at, or even thought about a bustle. My wedding gown is quite simple so I had a difficult time deciding on something I liked. If I was crazy I’d just take scissors and cut off the train after the ceremony! I haven’t seen too many posts on WW regarding the different types so I thought this would be a good post to see what everyone else plans to do.

As we all probably know, Bustles are used to lift the long trains of wedding gowns off the floor. Typically it’s lifted with buttons, pearls or ties (ribbon in my case) to create a style that’s practical. There are different types of bustle options. What type are you planning on getting?

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  • Kimi K
    Master February 2012
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    1. Over Bustle; consists several hooks lifting your train off the floor. The hooks are placed along the waistline. Perfect for ball gowns!



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  • Kimi K
    Master February 2012
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    2. Under Bustle; also known as the French or Victorian bustle. Works fabulously with gowns that have no waistline. Gown is lifted from bottom area. (more secure)



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  • Kimi K
    Master February 2012
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    3. Austrian Bustle; creates a casing down the back (not as common as the top two mentioned)

    Kinda cool looking!



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  • Kimi K
    Master February 2012
    Kimi K ·
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    The American Bustle (fall into the same category as over bustle)



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  • Megan
    Expert June 2012
    Megan ·
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    I am getting an over bustle.

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  • Kimi K
    Master February 2012
    Kimi K ·
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    The Double Bustle (I may be mistaken but I believe this would fall under category #2)



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  • Julie
    VIP October 2012
    Julie ·
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    Oh thanks, that's helpful I need to add a bustle to my dress, mine is a mermaid style with a tafetta base but a lace layer on top and the lace layer is a bit longer to show off it's sculpted edges. I'm sure the seamstress aka my Mum will know how to do it but I can't picture how it will work.

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  • Kimi K
    Master February 2012
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    @Julie, the french bustle would be perfect to show off the detailing of the dress! Here's something that may be similar?



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  • Kimberly S  ( formerly Kimberly L )
    Master June 2012
    Kimberly S ( formerly Kimberly L ) ·
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    That's good stuff!

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  • Tach
    Master July 2012
    Tach ·
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    For my dress I really like the ballroom bustle which is the one that looks like there was never a train but I really like this picture that I found of someone with my dress and the bustle they have

    1st pic the back of my dress

    2nd pic ballroom bustle

    3rd pic girl with my dress and different bustle, anyone know which one this is? I'm thinking under bustle




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  • Kimi K
    Master February 2012
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    @Tach: That's the French bustle (under) This is what it would look like on a ballgown:


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  • Ellen
    Expert April 2012
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    Thanks Kimi! I am loving the Austrian bustle. I can just imagine it with the buttons that go all the way down my train.

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  • SnowAngel
    Super April 2012
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    Kimi, I love you! I have to get my dress bustled and had no idea what I wanted. This helps! I'm leaning toward the over or the double Smiley smile

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  • Kimi K
    Master February 2012
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    Oh awesome! I'm glad I could help :o) It was really overwhelming when she started pinning the dress up all different ways... I had no idea what I wanted & hated everything we tried. I ended up sleeping on it and then emailed my steamstress first thing in the morning with a new idea. Looks like we'll make the final decision at the next appointment!

    Here's a Victorian Bustle (under) Works well with ball gowns



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  • krisalicious
    Master April 2012
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    My dress has a loooong train and a dropped waist. I'm doing either the French or Victorian bustle. Love these pics!

    When the salesperson demonstrated the different bustle types on my dress, the French and Victorian bustles were more flattering, if that's possible. They kind of gave the booty a good shape.

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  • Julie
    VIP October 2012
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    Ya @ Ellen I love the Austrian too, so different, wish I could do it but I don't think it would work on a mermaid! Thanks for the pics of the lacey mermaid bustle @Kimi, it helps seeing a picture of it!

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  • Anonymous
    Super April 2012
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    I think that for long ball gowns the french looks quite gorg!! I am probably doing an over bustle too on the dress but I have an alterations appointment coming up so I should let her choose which looks best I suppose... I mean my butt is huge before bustle so after HOLY cow! =\

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  • Kimi K
    Master February 2012
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    @Melissa, if you go in with pictures or at least an idea in your head of what you'd like the seamstress can pin it back and you can see multiple examples! I spent probably 20mins standing there looking at different ways to do it.

    With the french bustle they can lift the dress higher & lower. With lace detail I always think lower looks better. High is pretty if you had a double bustle, but I suppose it all depends on what the back of your dress looks like too! ;o)



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  • Kimi K
    Master February 2012
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    It's difficult finding examples of the Austrian bustle but found one more!



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  • SemiSweet
    Super March 2012
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    Oh thanks Kimi! Very helpful as I'll be going in soon for fittings and I had no idea what I wanted.

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