Bustling a wedding gown is something that many brides choose to have done to their dresses after the wedding ceremony is over so that they can move freely about the reception, and dance and dine without ruining their dresses. Bustling involves picking the train of a wedding dress off the floor and securing that material to the dress itself so that it does not drag along dirty floors or become an encumbrance for the bride.
Things You'll Need
- White nail polish
- Sewing pins
- Small fabric hook
- Woven beading cord
Ask the bride to wear her wedding dress and shoes sometime before the ceremony so that you can design a bustle that brings the dress to a length appropriate for the shoes she plans to wear at her reception.
Paint a small fabric hook with white nail polish (or cream for a cream-colored dress), and allow it to dry so that it blends in when sewed to the wedding dress. Locate the center of the dress' train and pick it up gently with your fingers.
Mark the spot on the back of the dress where the hook will go with sewing pins. Remove the dress from the bride, then sew the painted fabric hook to the dress with woven beaded cord instead of regular sewing thread to add strength to the hook. This allows it properly support the heavy train without becoming detached from the dress.
Test the hook's integrity and placement by having the bride try on the dress. Ask one of the bridesmaids to practice picking up the train and attaching it to the fabric hook. Make any necessary adjustments.
Tips & Warnings
- If desired, disguise the hook further by sewing pearls around the base of the hook.
- Photo Credit flowers on hip with wedding dress image by Paul Retherford from Fotolia.com
How to Make a Wedding Dress Bustle
Wedding dress alterations such as bustle additions can be fairly expensive, and the last thing a bride needs when trying to stick...
How to Convert Wedding Dresses Into Christening Gowns
Look in the closet of any mother and you are bound to find two dresses: her wedding gown and her child's christening...
How to Bustle a Wedding Dress With an Overlay
A bustle allows you to pin up the train of a wedding dress to pick the train up off the floor. The...
How to Bustle a Wedding Dress for Dancing
A sumptuous train is a gorgeous addition to your wedding gown, making your walk down the aisle even more breathtaking to your...
Types of Bustles on Wedding Gowns
Wedding gowns often include bustles, especially if the wedding gown has a long train. Brides use the bustle to hold the train...