Because I cropped these to only show from the waist down, I think I can still keep the style of the dress a secret from E, in case he peeks in on me. (which means actual pictures...not links!)
My dress is pleated at the back and has a very short train, so I didn't have a whole lot of options for the bustle. essentially, there is a 1 point over bustle (with two variations), a 1 point under bustle or a 3 point under bustle.
They are all fairly easy to do, but the over bustle is the least stable becuase there is only one point and it has to be a hook and eye or tiny button, for minimal visbility.
this my dress' train
Bustle 1: Three point underbustle
Bustle 2: I think this is one point under bustle..just kind of messy? hmmm...I should have written them down.
Bustle 3: One point over bustle worn low
Bustle 4: one piont over bustle worn high (at hips) with the pleats pulled out
Bustle 5: One point over bustle at hips, with the pleats tucked behind.
There's not a dramatic difference between them all, but I think I'm going to go with the last one because it's the cleanest look. I like the pleats in my dress with the train is down, but it seems funny looking to me to have a pleated bustle. It is the least secure of the bustles...but I'll take my chances.
But I certainly I wouldn't want my bustle to slip. Someone might step on my dress, and I could end up with this!
leaving in 3 hours for Cali.
I have as many pieces of luggage as the airline allows, and I'm out of here!