After your wedding ceremony concludes and it's time to celebrate, the large trains attached to wedding gowns are often impractical additions. Instead of fighting with your train for the remainder of the evening, draw it up in the back to create a bustle. Even if your gown is made from delicate tulle, there are bustle options available.
American-style bustles, also called single-point bustles or over bustles, gather the train up from the middle of the skirt and attach it to the gown's waistline. This type of bustle is best for gowns with narrow silhouettes, as all of the train's weight is placed on a single fastening. If your tulle gown is of a very light construction, this option may work well.
Constructing an American Bustle
To create the America bustle silhouette on your gown, sew a hook and eye pair onto the back seam of your wedding gown, the eye on the zipper, just below a button or underneath the corset, depending on your gown's construction. Draw the train up to the eye fastening to discover where the hook should be placed. The edge of the train will act as your new hemline, so sew the hook on at the point that allows for this. Mark the point with a fabric pen and straighten the skirt back out. Sew through all of the train's layers to give the train added stability.
French bustles, also called under bustles, are comprised of a series of ties used to hold the bustle in a tucked-under position. These bustles are more stable than American bustles and are therefore recommended for brides with long trains. Even tulle, which is very light, can weigh on a single fastening if there is a lot of fabric to deal with, so consider this option if you're worried that your bustle will compromise the integrity of the fabric.
Creating a French Bustle
Ask a friend to gather your bustle from the underside by drawing the inside of the gown's train up to the inner waistline. Mark the points where the fabric connects using a fabric pen and create pairs of ribbons to tie the underside of the skirt to the waistline. Keep all the layers level with one another to avoid sewing anything together crookedly and mark your series of points with a fabric pen. Sew the ribbons onto the underside of your gown. Thread through all the layers, including the outer tulle layer.