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Bustier-Balenciaga on my mind part 2.

Added Aug 12, 2013

by Trudy McGrath

Somewhere, Ireland






From the leftover fabric I have long promised to make a bustier to complete my Balenciaga inspired outfit (see the rest in my studio).

The bustier is self-drafted, and used the little leftover fabric I was saving for this occasion. Literally like a vampire sucking out the marrow of the bone, I used every last bit I had and even managed to end up with a completely symmetric top. Lined it with quilted flat bra stuffing? not sure what you call that fluffy fabric (please let me know!) Very proud of my work :)




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    Apr 5, 2017, 10.02 PMby Ann12345678

    lovely !

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    Aug 13, 2013, 10.22 PMby Waxfan

    Wahou ! Simply stu-nning ! Any tutorial/advices to learn how to draft that kind of bustier ?

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      Aug 14, 2013, 09.35 AMby Trudy McGrath

      Thank you so much, as for the tutorial, I will post a little pattern I drafted and include the instructions…bear with me please!

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    Aug 13, 2013, 04.57 PMby vanwë

    I adore that jacket! Super inspirational. I just got myself a sewing machine, and made my first skirt. Do you have any advice for a beginning sewer?

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      Aug 13, 2013, 05.20 PMby Trudy McGrath

      Thank you so much! :) Congratulations on your new machine!! I’m sure you will put it into good use!
      If there’s any advice I can give is to be patient. Things can go wrong and it is very frustrating at times, sewing requires a lot of patience and practice. So many times I have ended up throwing expensive fabrics away because I wasn’t taking my time with studying the patterns or used the wrong material for a particular design. Start with easy to make designs, you can always alter or add details to the later. Read the instructions!!! very important to make the right choice when purchasing the fabric (elastic, heavy or silky). I just recently made a dress which was supposed to be made from a very stretchy jersey and my fabric was just slightly elastic. It just didn’t work and I had to throw it out after spending crazy money on the material.

      There are thousands upon thousands tutorials on youtube and everything I know I have learnt it off from there :) I am self taught if you get me, never did a course or anything. I just search for different things on the internet and develope my skills, just working on a circle skirt. Very difficult to hem that type of design and so I went ahead and googled “how to hem a circle skirt”…I’m just heming it now.
      Youtube is really good that way I can only recommend!

      This Lady is a gem with her tutorials for beginners, go check and best of luck with your new hobby!

      Ps.: I’m planning to set up a blog for beginner sewers, I’m not a pro either, but I would love to share my stories and maybe to help others with tutorials and to share new ideas. There are a lot of blogs like that already…will see ;)

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      Aug 13, 2013, 05.24 PMby Trudy McGrath

      One more thing….press your garment while sewing! Pressing is your best friend. If you want your clothes to look professional…you press! :)

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    Aug 13, 2013, 10.51 AMby WillowWickedRad

    A timber shed would be perfect! Really all you need is a space where you do not have to sweep the floor unless you want to, yes? Before I moved into the Rebel’s room I always felt guilty about the thread and fabric scraps all over the floor. And pins and needles stuck into random things and forgotten… I am more concientious of that, though, in the baby room. Although he does not go in there unless I am in there… It is really just about taking over and focusing on your project and not worrying about the chaos you create. For me, that is.

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    Aug 13, 2013, 08.29 AMby Dibii

    All together – the fabric, the silhouette looks amazing!

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    Aug 13, 2013, 07.56 AMby WillowWickedRad

    My son is an infant so I use his room for my sewing machine. But eventually I will have to give it up. Hopefully by then my man will have built me a studio. He is as obsessed with building and working on his motorcycles as I am with crafting. I am a craft addict. Admitting it is the first step…

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      Aug 13, 2013, 10.31 AMby Trudy McGrath

      Hahaha :) at least you are both productive!!! Bikes are cool! I asked for one of those timber sheds to have in the garden…

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    Aug 13, 2013, 02.59 AMby liliv-1

    It’s stunning!! I love love this fabric and the colors suit you perfectly!

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      Aug 13, 2013, 10.31 AMby Trudy McGrath

      Thank you, my hard earned tan is fading now :S It’s a terrible task to get tanned in Ireland :)

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      Aug 13, 2013, 10.41 AMby liliv-1

      It will still suit your hair and face even after you have lost you tanning!

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    Aug 12, 2013, 09.10 PMby WillowWickedRad

    I feel guilty that I take up so much space! My man is NOT into fashion and I have slowly taken over the house. However I do not spend a lot of money and it makes me happy so I do not think he minds… Even when the house is trashed and I am obsessed and spend 2 weeks beading a ridiculous dress I can only wear once.

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      Aug 12, 2013, 09.17 PMby Trudy McGrath

      Same…:) Thoroughly satisfying but space is much needed for this type of hobby. I can’t wait to move house…I need a spare room. Men are not usually into fashion but they do appreciate some “me time.” While we are deeply concentrating on cross stitching they can play the xbox. :P win win

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    Aug 12, 2013, 08.47 PMby Cristina Staicu

    Another succes, Trudy! You find these beautiful fabrics and you know exactly what to make of them :) You look fantastic, I love the details and also the contrasting lining :) xx

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      Aug 12, 2013, 08.53 PMby Trudy McGrath

      I always say, the fabric tells me what to do with it :)
      I wish I had more if this though! Thank you so much Cristina! :*

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    Aug 12, 2013, 06.55 PMby WillowWickedRad

    You should be proud! It looks amazing. YOU look amazing! This is why we sew, no? To make that perfect outfit that makes us look and feel beautiful! That and the little details! Love the little hooks on the boustier.

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      Aug 12, 2013, 07.25 PMby Trudy McGrath

      That is so true, sewing means a lot for me. I can get very anxious for no reason at all, sewing calms me down :)…while makes my wardrobe grow bigger every day!
      Do you ever feel guilty for having so much clothes?
      Maybe it is a silly question, but I sometimes wonder if I should slow down? :)

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    Aug 12, 2013, 05.32 PMby Mary Athey

    stunning outfit trudy, i love all three pieces and it just looks so classy. xx

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      Aug 12, 2013, 06.15 PMby Trudy McGrath

      Thank you Mary..the look is finally complete :)

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    Aug 12, 2013, 03.56 PMby slmnstyle

    I love this! Nice job knocking off a designer look!

    I believe that the fluffy stuffing material that you are refering to is called batting. It is used in quilting mostly, but also in some other home decor, accessories and apparel uses.

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      Aug 12, 2013, 04.01 PMby Trudy McGrath

      That’s the one, thank you so much! I’m terrible at naming these materials :S

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