Monday, June 30, 2014

La Femme

I wanted to make a bustier and full circle skirt since I saw the pattern in Burda 05/2011.. It’s not like I had the fabric for it in my stash and that’s why it took me 3 years to make this dream outfit.. When I bought this lovely cotton with stretch back in October, it wasn’t the right season to think about sewing  these garments.. Now, when the weather is perfect for it I gave it a try.. 

Original pattern for bustier is #127, Burda 05/2011, and the smallest size is 72.. That meant that I had to size it down so it would fit me.. I was smart enough to make a muslin.. It turned out that with sizing down, cups were too small for my breasts! You can only imagine my surprise.. My idea was to make bustier that would be 3-5cm above my waistline.. Because of that, I wanted to sew in the boning on all the seams.. With this pattern there were only two side seams, non at front or at back.. After taking a better look at the Burda issue, I saw pattern #122 for strapless dress.. The bodice of this dress was almost identical to the pattern for bustier, and it had all the seams I needed.. I didn’t have to improvise, it was all there.. I kept size of the cups at 36 and sized down everything else.. In the end, from bustier pattern I used only the straps.. Since the fabric has a little stretch, and I used the same type of fabric for lining, the bustier is very comfortable to wear.. As soon as I made it, I wore it for days.. It is a perfect thing to wear with see-through shirts, lace sweaters, and of course, by itself.. Now my plan is to find some leftovers and make more of these..