French Bustles…Making Them Even Easier Than Before!

A big thanks to Christy, at Alterations By Christy, for telling me about an even easier way to put French bustles in your gown!

Many of you have seen the post I wrote on How To Put Bustles on Your Wedding Gown. Christy saw it too and wrote to tell me about a step in the process that will save you lots of time.

Please read the original post How to Put Bustles on Your Wedding Gown and then come back here for the short cut.

This time I am using a red formal gown that came with some bustling on the back already as part of the design.

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Don’t let that throw you, if your dress back doesn’t have this poofing.

Your dress can have a simple plain train or a fancy one. The technique is the same.

This dress needed three bustles to keep it off the ground and the dress had three seams in the back, so it worked perfectly.

I always try to pin along the seams so I can hide the mechanics of the bustles under the dress.

Here is one of the bustles I pinned up.

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Then I put pins to mark the upper and lower parts of that bustle, carefully took out the original pin, and laid it out flat:

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Then, I transfered the pin marks to the underside of the skirt where I need to work on the bustles:

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Instead of creating the loops like I did in my first post How To Put Bustles On Your Wedding Gown, Christy suggests using these instead:

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Brilliant!

I found them at my local Joann Fabric store for about $2.00. They were in the section where the snaps are.

Ideally, you want the ring to sit above the top pin’s mark.

However, sometimes, that isn’t possible, as in this case:

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Because of a previously sewn in bustle, my ring can’t sit above the pin mark.

You may find that this situation arises if your zipper tape is in the way as well.

So, let me tell you how to adjust for this problem.

I went ahead and stitched in the ring by hand onto the seam allowance only.

Then I measured the distance between the bottom of the ring and the pin mark:

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In this case, it’s only 1/4″, which may not seem like enough to bother with, but I do anyway.  If yours is a greater amount, you’ll want to make the adjustment or your dress will hang too low when bustled.

So, I take that 1/4″ measurement, and go 1/4″ lower than the bottom pin mark and stitch the ribbon to the seam allowance only at the new mark:

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Now, just thread the ribbon ends through the ring…

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and tie in a bow like you tie your shoelaces, and you have it!

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This bustle will stay put all through the reception and dance!

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Thanks, Christy; you saved us all alot of time!

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