Big Bustle

Kitty Chen Danica is a beautiful dress with a dramatic train.


Here are all the alterations that the bride wanted/needed.

I have to shorten straps, shorten satin layer, shorten lining layer and shorten scalloped lace hem before considering that bustle…oh no…the bustle!!!




The front view before any hem pinning:













The front hem pinned up with a horizontal tuck:

The satin and lining layer were sewn together so here is what was trimmed away:

The finished edge is just hand basted to keep the layers flat before the final pressing, then removed.

Let’s get started on that lace hem…you know how this goes by now…ha ha.

Always fun to have to move the border up 6.5 inches!!!

Just hanging around waiting to be re-attached:

Once the border is hand basted higher up, the excess skirt fabric is folded under and hand basted ready for try-on.

How many of you guessed that the bustle could be done with just 7 points? The folds all line up and look so pretty fanned away from the center.

As with all bustles, when they are buttoned/pinned up, the very center front skirt is pulled to the back and may look (and be) longer:

Won’t this make a great photo? Sort of like a male peacock’s tail! You can see that the satin/lining layer is floor length so once the bustle is up, the bride can move easily.

One last bit about posture…if your bride stands up very straight, sometimes the back lace fans away from the body so a small tuck will flattern it out. All stiched by hand so it can be released if the next wearer needs it.


Here is the side view of that gorgeous bustle.  The buttons are lace covered satin ones with a metal back for extra strength from Wawak.

See how the horizontal lace motifs all line up and create strips of their own?














Final front view bustled up without shoes. The bride was happy with the length and fit.

Meanwhile in the garden…can squash and corn grow any faster than overnight when they double in size…yes, when the temps reach 106F or 41C…Mother Nature takes great delight.

The corn is shucked down to a couple layers and then microwaved and then the rest just falls away and it can be cut off the cob and frozen in little bags for the future.

I’d better get back to the wedding gowns but just had to share this naughty tomato. Happy Sewing everyone, thank you for dropping by!

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14 Responses to Big Bustle

  1. Laura says:

    Another beautiful wedding dress altered. Brilliant as usual.

  2. Bunny Sewista says:

    This dress is stunning. It looks very expensive and you have done it justice, as always. Wish I could post on the blog but I think you know I can’t. It has something to do with my job back in NY. I built the website there and it was under wordpress and while they say they have taken me off I think in some beginning abyss I still exist. I can’t comment on any wordpress blogs since I left that job. I built the web page abou 4 years prior, OH, well. Hope you get this email and WP doesn’t screw it up.

  3. Sandi says:

    Gorgeous Mrs. Mole!

  4. Christine Taylor says:

    Such a beautiful dress and as usual your work is superb. I think if I was asked to do this I would be totally flummoxed. I do so love reading your posts and learn a lot.

  5. Valerie Zebra says:

    A beautiful job on a beautiful gown, the girl will be a stunning bride. One logistical question. How does the bustle stay up? Are there loops and buttons or covered snaps?

  6. mrsmole says:

    I use metal backed covered buttons from Wawak in satin or satin and lace. The loops are made from upholstery thread that is made into French tacks into loops.Some use ribbons when the skirt is pulled under instead of over.

  7. Elizabeth Harber says:

    Thank you for your interesting and helpful post. I always learn something. 😀

  8. maryfunt says:

    Amazing job with the bustle. Sometimes the bustle is the hardest part. Stay cool

  9. pdxknitter says:

    That is a really lovely dress. The train!

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