What's a Bustle?
It's a set of buttons/loops/snaps/ties (points) that I sew into the wedding or prom gown's train. When secured, the points pull the train up to floor length.
Varies from the simple to complex, with 1-20+ points depending on the gown/train details.
Gown manufacturer's rarely build in a bustle because it's design and location is client specific.
Usually one of three basic types are used: External, Internal (French), and Suspended, with some other variations.
I will show you each type on your gown - then the dress tells us it's best bustle, regardless of any ideas we might have in mind! Every bride's gown, figure, height and shoes, along with the train fabrication and dimension, is unique and impacts your bustle appearance, design and construction.
Most bustles are secured after the bridal ceremony, when it's time to move around/mix with people/dance at your event. Try to have someone attend one of your last fittings to practice securing the bustle. I'll also make an instruction card showing the bustle points and how to secure them.
Below are several bustles I've created - the first several show the train before and after it's bustled, the rest show only the bustled view. Enjoy!