06/12/2009 at 16:13
I know this is a bit of a silly question but the thought has crossed my mind - how am I going to dance with my dress and train in the way? While its not huuuge, I think it will get in the way of walking around easily and dancing in the evening. I don't want a bustle and am trying to save money so don't really want to pay a seamstress for something so simple...

Did anyone have ribbon to hook over their wrist to keep the train out of the way and if so, where was it sewn on? At the very end of the train? And if so, how did you keep the ribbon out of the way when having your train completely down (Ie not hanging like a rag lol)

My dress is Alfred Angelo's 1136...

Pics are appreciated! Thanks ladies!

[Modified by: Rustysgirl on 06 December 2009 21:14:37 ]
06/12/2009 at 16:23
I am going to get the seamstress who alters my dress to put a bustle on it, so it can be tied/clipped up. I find the ribbons over the wriost kleave you with the lining on sjow.

06/12/2009 at 16:30
How heavy is the dress....my cousin had the wrist band and as her dress was very heavily beaded it pulled on her wrist...if it's really heavy consider a bustle....they also look really nice too.
06/12/2009 at 16:35
Hi Rustysgirl, I am also thinking about this -my dress for the evening has a train and although it's not huge I do want to be able to dance in it, and it's not the kind of skirt that will bustle -this is it:


Am thinking about taking it to a seamstress to have a small and discreet elastic thing put on the end of the train...
06/12/2009 at 17:00

I had a wrist strap already in my dress and it had a bow to tie together which brough up the train of my dress.

I used them both on my big day so is well worth having them sewn into your dress if they don't already have it.

07/12/2009 at 04:11
Always best to have it bustled. Wrist bands have a tendancy to pull the train up to high and reveal the petticoat.

Any seamstress should do this for you, but it is quite easy to add one hook and eye underneath.


Linda Davey Bridal Couture. www.no9bridalcouture.com
07/12/2009 at 04:47
I think bustles look better!
07/12/2009 at 05:56
when i got married the first time i had a strap, it was about 10 inches from the end of my train. It couldnt be seen when i was walking down the aisle and was comfy at night when i was dancing.









07/12/2009 at 06:09
Hi ladies! Wow! Thanks for the response!!! Hmmm... I had a look at all of your links and info (really helpful!) If a bustle really is worth it, I might talk to my mom about her making one on my dress. I'm going to try on my dress with my Jupon Petticoat for the first time today and take pics, so we'll have a chat about the bustle/wrist strap too. Does anyone know specifically where on the dress you are supposed to sew the hooks and place the buttons? I can't find a diagram or anything, just pics of it already done.

Hi Lady T, thats good to hear! Do you have pics of you dancing with your wrist strap?
07/12/2009 at 08:28
Depending on the length of the train, place the hook about 3" below the zip. Then, using a bit of adjustment, pick up the inside seam with your fingers imaging a hook there. As long as the train pulls right under so much so it is almost non existant, this is where you mark to sew your hook.

Linda Davey Bridal Couture. www.no9bridalcouture.com
07/12/2009 at 11:37
Hi and thanks Lindaatno9! I tried on my dress today with my new petticoat underneath and had a go at positioning where the bustle would go... here is a pic...

There are crystals scattered throughout the train, so a hook could be added and nestled in between them to make it less obvious. But I'm not sure whether a hook and eye (thats usually on bras) is supposed to be used or a proper satin covered button and loop (like you have on the fastening on a chinese dress) would be more suitable..? It is quite heavy after all... What do you think ladies...? Help!
07/12/2009 at 12:09
Rustysgirl - I had MS Michelle which is very similar to you AA1136 - my bustle was underneath the dress.

I had 3 ribbons nearer the top and 3 nearer the bottom which were basically tied together to give an austrian blind type effect.

It meant that there was still a nice bit of train hanging down at the back.


07/12/2009 at 12:21
Hi Rustysgirl, no sorry i dont have any pics my ex hubby destroyed them all. My dress was also a Alfred Angelo and the satin was very heavy and wedid find that a bustle put alot of strain on the dress.









07/12/2009 at 12:36
Awww I'm sorry T Lady. Thanks for your advice though. I'm thinking that as I have a central seam running down the middle of the train maybe a loop can be sewn into the seam to make it secure? My mom even suggested pulling out the bow that laces up my bodice and threading the new loop on the train through the bow and then re-doing the bow up and leaving it on show for the evening (the bow is tucked in at the bottom of the 'v' in the pic above)... Hmmm...

[Modified by: Rustysgirl on December 07, 2009 05:37 PM]

07/12/2009 at 12:49
I think your mum is a genius thats a fab idea









07/12/2009 at 12:51
Lol, I'll tell her. Hope I said it right, I know its a bit of a mouthful to explain!
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