I love bustles! They can make a wedding gown go from just pretty to fabulous! I especially love tiered french bustles. They look so elegant. They are perfect for very full skirts. The 16 point bustle I did a few posts ago was just such a bustle. Full skirt that made a beautiful tiered bustle.
Today I bustled a gown that topped the 16 pointer. This is another Justin Alexander Couture Gown. It is much fuller than the earlier gown, thus needing more bustle points.Figuring out where they would all go ended up taking more time than I expected. Lots of measurement taking, marking, re-measuring, and rechecking. In order to get an even look all the way around, it is important to mark the bustles symmetrically on each side from the center back.
Each bustle is marked with color coordinated pins which are then replaces with matching ribbons.
I was a little concerned that I would have enough different colored ribbons so I wouldn't have to use any of them more than once. Fortunately I had recently purchased a huge supply of ribbon, and had plenty!
Here is a view of the bustles all tied up -
And here is the finished view -4 1/2 hours, 32 feet of ribbon, and 24 bustle points later, the bustling is finished on this gown.