30 July 2008

Bustles, Buttons, and Beads

I got rid of the butt button! I decided to take a risk and fix the bustle on my dress myself. After perusing many websites on the topic of bustles, I figured that the simplicity of my dress would allow for a single point french bustle that would not require a professional seamstress to do (see image below on the right). First, I had to remove the butt button and the loop from the dress.

Though this was easy, I was not pleased with the black/grey residue it left behind. I tried using Oxiclean on the spots, but it only faded it and did not actually get rid of it. There are two things keeping me from crying about this A) from a distance the stain can not be seen B) I still have to take my dress to be cleaned and pressed before the wedding.
I bought the supplies I would need for my bustle at JoAnnes:
  • very fine bead needles (thinner than regular needles since the fabric is so fine)
  • clear thread
  • clear nylon snaps
  • off white ribbon
  • Stop Fray glue

The rest of the supplies I already had at home: Off-White thread, pins, swarovoski crystals, scissors, seam ripper.

After removing the button I cut a length of ribbon and sewed a snap on to it; I then sewed the other part of the snap to the underside of the dress on the lining (underneath where the original butt button was) and a small piece of ribbon above that to create a loop.

Then I took the ribbon with the snap attached and sewed it to the underside of the first layer of my dress -- in the same spot where the original loop was. By folding the fabric in half so the seams met, I was able to determine that this was the center of the fabric. I used the clear thread here and then added a crystal to the outside so it would be easier to find. Picture on the left is of the underside of the dress. Picture on the right is what it looks like from the outside -- the crystal does not photograph very well, but it can be seen and felt easily.

To bustle the dress: Lift the outer chiffon layer where the crystal is and bring up underneath itself to where the button and loop are on the dress lining. First snap the button, then pull the ribbon through the loop and tie. The first picture on the left shows what the loop and snap look like underneth the chiffon - if you look real close you can see the black residue. The other pictures are of the dress bustled.

Since I'm not wearing the dress, you can't see the whole effect -- but this is pretty much what it will look like. I used the Stop Fray on the ribbon and let it dry before testing the bustle. It took me about two hours to do this -- a little slow because I was so concerned about messing it up.

Let me know if you have any questions! I am not a seamstress, but thankfully I was in girlscouts for 10 years and I learned a little bit about sewing by hand and I learned that I can do anything if I put my mind to it!


hwong14 said...

LOVE it! I'm planning to do the same thing to my dress, and in my head, I can see how it would all pan out -- a little trial-and-error, but no major problems. I'm so glad you were able to do it, too! Inspiration, definitely.

Ms. 122 said...

YAY!! I'm so glad you were able to fix it with minimal damage! Just turn to your MOH and say :-P heh.

Jenna said...

Wow, you are very very brave. You put all of those other "DIY brides" to shame with this one!

Guilty Secret said...

Wow... well done :)

Quite the little seamstress!

GetMarried4Less/ladyt said...

i can't believe this! but in a very good way!

wow! great job! and high five for not having to pay anyone to do this!

Emily said...

This is awesome, thank you! I will be doing this at home for my own dress and it is wonderful to have step by step instructions along with pictures

Anonymous said...

do you have a picture of you wearing the gown? i'm thinking of doing the same thing to my dress...and i'd love to see what it looks like on.

thewildriverbaker at gmail dot com


CaliOC said...

Yes -- If you look to newer posts in my page I have pictures from the wedding!