Thursday, 7 June 2012

(hustle and) bustle + the hem of the wedding dress

I'm back from Malta! Naturally, the first thing that I had to get to was to finish off my wedding dress. 

The only things that are left to do on the dress is the hem and the bustle. Although I haven't been able to finish it all off completely, I think I have made decent progress so here's an update. 

I completed the hem! This took soooo much longer than I anticipated - I had to ensure that the dress is the right length (taking into account the wedding shoes), the hem is level, the train is the right shape, insert the horsehair braid (I used the 2.5cm width in the end) and then blind hem it whilst attaching the hem to the lining layer by hand. It pretty much took all day! 

Horsehair braid pinned into the hem including the train:

  Hemmed train (before pressing)        

Then I played around with the bustle a little. At the moment I'm leaning towards a French bustle - the reason being that all the ribbons will be on the inside of the dress, so I don't need to worry about hiding the hooks etc. Also I didn't want more volume around the waist/hip area of the dress given its dropped waist and princess seams. 

I had a quick attempt with the pins - what do you think? please do ignore the pink ribbon on the lace-up back - I'm saving the self fabric ribbon until the wedding. I am also planning on trying out the 2-tier French bustle this weekend - and I'm determined that the wedding dress will be completed this weekend! 


  1. Hello Alice, I've been admiring your pretty wedding dress for some time now. Amazing to see how it is coming together! I like the bustle you have pictured but can't wait to see the two-tier one!

    1. Thank you Susan for your kind words and feedback re the bustle. I'll try out the 2-tier one shortly and keep you posted!

  2. It's beautiful! Can't wait to see you in the dress. Have you decided on how you will do your hair?

    1. Thank you Susie. I can't wait to wear it myself (although I do of course worry about any potential dress-related disasters... I will be sure to bring a sewing kit with me on the day!).

      Re the hair, I have had a couple of trials and I'm going to have it up, with a reasonable amount of volume at the top to balance out my round face :D

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