"This shows the ties that are sew under the dress to form the French style bustle. As you can see, your gown would have to be lifted up in order to tie it up."
The French bustle also known as the "European style bustle or the "under bustle" is a favorite among brides.
This style wedding dress bustle sticks out less than the American bustle, because once it is tied, it forms a flap.
How is a French bustle formed? Usually you will see sets of ties made of ribbon or cotton stay tape. Sometimes you will see ties with corresponding loop sets to tie the train up.
Unlike the American bustle, everything is done under the gown instead of outside of it. So to tie the bustle up, the train has to be lifted up above your waist in order to tie it.
Since your train will have to be pulled up for this bustle style, you may want to have your bustle done out of the view of your guest. It may also be best to do this before going into your reception. This way you don't have to excuse yourself from your reception to have your bustle done.
Now let's take a look at different wedding gown styles in various French bustle designs!
This is a 3 point bustle where the points were kept at the same level to make one flap.
This one is a 4 point bustle with two points in the middle that forms two flaps.
Here is another 2 tier bustle.
Here is a short train that was bustled into a three tier European bustle.
Now wedding dresses that have the pickup style skirts can present a challenge to bustle. As a seamstress you want the bustle to work with the design of the dress. Sometimes an American bustle will work for this style. But most of the time the French wedding dress bustle is the best choice for the pick up skirt wedding dress. Take a look at a few.
Here is a French bustle on a pick up skirt wedding dress.
This has a few tufts or pickups in the back of this chapel length train.
This under bustle was created to work with the train details.
Another pick up wedding dress bustle that is in the French style.
Here is pick up skirt wedding gown with a chapel train down before it is bustle.
This is the dress after it is bustled in the French style.
As you can see no" two" bustles look exactly the same. You actually have to design the bustle to work with the gown details while also considering the brides preference. So make sure that whoever does you bustle just doesn't give you some standard look that gets the train up. You want your bustle to not just do its job... to get the train off the floor... but be a beautiful creation!
This wedding dress bustle was designed in a asymmetrical
French style bustle with 3 tiers.
This gown is a "combo" of an under bustle and an over bustle.
The top picture shows the French style bustle with the ties pulled to the side. The bottom picture has the ties pulled over the bustle.
Here is a picture of the under bustle or French style bustle on a wedding dress with a color panel and over flaps
Below are just a few more pictures of wedding dress bustles designed in the french bustle style.
This is one of those multi tiered ruffled wedding dresses in the under bustle french style.
As you can see there are a variety of looks you can get from the french under bustle style. It should be designed to so that it works with the design of your dress.
The wedding dress bustle adds another dimension to the wedding dress design. So make sure your alterations specialist gives you a look that will enhance the style of your dress.
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