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My Bustle

Hi everyone! I’ve had lots of inquiries about my bustle so I decided to put as much info as I have about it here for you.

Here’s what I know:

My seamstress at David’s Bridal called it a ‘ballroom bustle’ but I now know that’s not the proper term for the style. One site I found refers to mine as the ‘train flip’, found here (last one on the page) although I did a google search on ‘train flip bustle’ and nothing came up…I’m guessing that’s just her term. Anywho, whatever you want to call it, I made a Photoshop mock-up of how David’s did it…

(picture the dress as see-through and everything I’m showing is on the underside of the skirt)

The red circles are buttons, and the black curvies on the end of the train are fabric hooks, all sewn to the underside. So basically the buttons come up right under my butt and the hooks are along the edge of the train, face down touching the floor. 

To bustle (again, this is all on the underside of the skirt so you don’t actually see any of this when the dress is on):

Easiest way is to start on one SIDE of the train, find the first hook and loop it over the first button, then work your way up and around the skirt till you get to the last hook and button on other side. So basically my friend ended up under my skirt in a very compromising position at one point 🙂 It took 11 hooks & buttons to get my skirt up and the bottom to lay flat.

A few things to note:

My dress was asymmetrical. So if your seamstress tells you it can’t be done because your dress is asymmetrical, either I’m the exception or he/she is wrong. All it takes is a little tweaking of where the buttons would be attached. I’m certainly no seamstress but I honestly can’t think of any kind of train that this wouldn’t work on, unless of course it’s so long that pulling it up to your butt wouldn’t actually get it off the floor. Even then though, I imagine you could attach the hooks higher up the train so it folds over itself.

And here’s every picture I have that shows off the bustle (if even just a little bit):

I really hope this helps! And if anyone knows the proper term for this bustle style, I’d love to know!!



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Nachos Nuptials: Wedding Day – Winging It

After I walked back up the aisle with my shiny new hubby, we had a nice short receiving line. The steel pan player had moved into the little alcove where my dad and I had made our grand entrance 15 minutes earlier. Everyone gathered around for some hugs and kisses, and we stood and listened to Bob Marley being played right next to us. And then, the unexpected happened. The player looked at me and said, “first lesson is free!” Hey, I’m always up for a challenge! 


It went on a little longer, but it’s just too painful, I can’t put you through all 5 minutes. I do think our faces say it all though… 


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After realizing just how uncoordinated I really am, we were summoned back to the terrace for some more pictures. These are a few of my faves… 


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Sorry, it’s so hard to pick just one or two! And one of my all-time favorites with everyone… 


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After the pictures had all been taken, it was time to head back to the room. I had some help carrying my dress… 


(Blair’s Eye View Photography

These two insisted on being my little helpers all the way down the stairs! We made it to the room and there was a bottle of champagne waiting for us there. 


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After relaxing for a little bit, Sharon tackled my bustle. Even though a lot of you suggested we practice beforehand, we did not. But I have to say, once she figured out which button went in the first loop, it didn’t take long to get my train up into a bubble skirt. 


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And although my flip-flops and dress were comfy, I was all about taking comfort to a whole new level so I left my bra on the bathroom floor and slipped on these beauties… 


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Best. Decision. Ever. The plan was to meet the family downstairs at the restaurant by the pool and see what was happening. If you remember, we didn’t plan anything and decided to see where the night would take us. I took one last quick pose on the stairs on the way down to the pool area, excited to see how our evening would play out… 


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Up next: the best unplanned wedding reception ever! 

And in case you missed it… 

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Like a Glove

I called up my friend Sharon this past week and asked her to meet me at David’s because my alterations were finished! The bustle is gonna be a little tricky because they didn’t color-code the hooks and buttons and it may take a while to get it all done up right. I wish I could have taken a pic of the look on Sharon’s face when the lady was showing her how it’s done because the perplexed expression said it all! It may take a village to get it to look like this but here’s the finished product and I love it….

We’ll have to smooth out the edge a bit more than it was sitting in the pictures- it’s a bit tricky because the skirt is 2 layers that are not sewn together, so the inside layer gets tucked up and kind of sits in the bubble part of the outside layer. Make sense? And my “just married” flippy floppies had arrived as well and they are the perfect height for the dress. Yea! I’m so happy to have my dress back 🙂


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A Fitting Day for a Fitting

I had my first alterations appointment yesterday at David’s so we hit the road and drove up to the store in the ‘burbs where I had bought my dress…

You can’t see it, but I have a big smile on my face cause I’m always happy when I’m with my dress. So we went in and got started.

*side note* don’t eat Burger King before going to your fitting appointment

I was told to bring in my bra and shoes that I planned on wearing with my dress, and when I put it all on, I discovered my shoes that I searched high and low for were too tall. Sad face. Because I’m a shorty, they had me order the dress in a petite, so the length is shorter than your average wedding gown, hence no extra fabric to accommodate high heels. I asked if they could add an extra layer of fabric with the same beading as on the top, but apparently David’s won’t alter the style of their dresses, just the size. Guess I’ve been watching too many episodes of Say Yes to the Dress! So the alterations lady grabbed me some shoes with a 1 1/2 inch heel and got to work. First she pinned the sides because it was just a wee bit too big in the chestal area. Next she went all the way around the train and pinned the 2 layers together. …

This pic makes me laugh cause it looks like I have a twin

Finally, I had to choose how I wanted it bustled. She gave me 3 options…

  1. Over bustle – this is where they pull the skirt up from the middle and gather it at your butt. I didn’t like this option for myself cause it kind of made it look like I was pooping out my dress.
  2. Royal bustle – this one is a little tricky to describe but here goes…they do the same as above but make a little poof right around knee height, then have the rest of it coming out the bottom of the poof. Make sense? I felt like the poof didn’t really go with the asymmetrical rouching and sort of ‘competed’ with the rest of the dress
  3. Ballroom bustle – the train is pulled up under the dress and buttoned up to make it look almost like a bubble skirt. The dress ends up looking like it is all one length.

I decided to go with option 3 (I wish we had gotten a picture of it all pinned up) because I thought it looked the best with the dress style. Once she was finished pinning, I handed it over and said goodbye. When she filled out the price slip, I was a little surprised at the price, but here is the breakdown:

Take in sides: $65

Cut down armhole: $20

Ballroom bustle (first 3 buttons) $50

Each additional button for bustle: 11 buttons at $7 each=$77

Grand total: $212

Eeeek! Oh well, I guess it has to be done.

Then I decided that while we were there, I might as well check out their shoe selection since I now have to get a different pair. Luckily I can still wear the ones that I bought before with my after party dress. None of the heels really did it for me, so I tried on a pair of slippers, but they seriously looked like just that. Bedroom slippers with a few beads on them. Then I found these and decided to get them:

These were the sample pair so they’re a little dirty. I had to order a medium and they will arrive in a few months (it’s a little off-season for flip-flops being winter and all!). I’m thinking about adding a little something something to glitz them up a little, and I love the imprint on the bottom – can’t wait to walk in the sand and leave behind a trail of “just married”. Too cute. And after spending $212 on the alterations, seriously, what’s another $15? I paid my bill and out the door we went….

Looks a lot like the first pic, but notice no dress in hand so I have my sad face on. I’ll get to pick up my dress in about a month and I can’t wait to see how great it looks all steamed and fitted!

(all pictures taken by Mr. N)

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