You can see the bustle on the side in this shot. It's a full circle of fabric, folded in half and pleated on at low hip height. The center of the circle hangs lower than the skirt so she could have that high/low look that's so popular these days. It looks a little dead here in the pictures, but the fullness of the bustle gave it a lot of movement and life, really adding so much to such a simple dress.
See what I mean? She twirled for me. She loved how it had so much drama when she moved.
And here it is from the back. There is just a teeny little bit of netting under the bustle right at the top to give it some fullness and make a prettier drape.
And a detail shot. I do a lot of hand sewing with these formal dresses. The bustle was hand sewn on so I could make the stitching as invisible as possible and have more control of the pleats. You might notice there's no zipper on the back of the dress. We moved it to the side so it wouldn't interfere with the bustle. It made getting into the dress slightly tricky, but it worked.
And a last shot straight on from the front. There's a couple of changes I would like to make here. We have a rhinestone accent that I didn't put on before her dance and looking at the pictures I would say the dress needs it. I will probably do it before she wears it for her friend's prom . . . if he gets himself ungrounded by then that is.
You can see my daughter loved it. She's a lucky girl getting these custom dresses for Prom. This one wasn't quite as elaborate as last year's dress, which from the seamstress's perspective was great. She still looked lovely and had a wonderful time and that's all you can ask for from Prom.