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Mastering the Bustier Dress

Added Jan 27, 2012

by Carrie Cochr...

Hollywood, Flori...






I have always been drawn to the sexy silhouette a bustier will give but often disappointed in commercial patterns on the market. I finally came up with an easy flattering pattern and technique to achieve this. Strapless or with cute bra straps, circle skirt, short, long, so many dresses can be created from this foundation. This is my first dress with the pattern. It only took me about two hours to complete and about 1.5 yards of fabric. The fabric is a micro houndstooth of wool and lycra.

Material Notes

1.5 yards of fabric, 1.5 yards lining, invisible zipper, boning




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    Jan 27, 2012, 10.09 PMby mollykatherine

    impeccable! and stunning too!

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    Jan 27, 2012, 09.48 PMby Carrie Cochran Cabrera

    Thinking about doing a tutorial on how to make a bustier incorporating my bra cup technique I call “Practical Magic”

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      Jan 28, 2012, 07.51 AMby olac

      Yes, please! :-)

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    Jan 27, 2012, 09.31 PMby Amelia Midgley

    Your dress looks amazing and the finish is just perfect!

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    Jan 27, 2012, 09.20 PMby infinite-plus-one

    I really love this!

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    Jan 27, 2012, 09.07 PMby egecouture

    this is soooo beautiful!!!!

    i totally love it did you do the pattern or did you use one??? it is a beautiful one!!!!

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      Jan 27, 2012, 09.38 PMby Carrie Cochran Cabrera

      Yes, I made the pattern

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      Jan 27, 2012, 10.47 PMby egecouture


      i tried to do this also but never got it that perfectly…. do you have any tips for me that i can make???

      it would be really nice:)

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    Jan 27, 2012, 08.44 PMby madebymeg

    i’ve been frustrated with the commercial patterns, too! this looks great

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    Jan 27, 2012, 08.19 PMby kelepso

    You’re very talented!

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    Jan 27, 2012, 08.08 PMby ghainskom

    I’m curious abut the technique as well. The dress looks fantastic.

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    Jan 27, 2012, 07.01 PMby mememe-1


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    Jan 27, 2012, 06.44 PMby lala86

    i LOVE IT!!! What is this pattern technique you mention? I would like to make one myself too!

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      Jan 27, 2012, 09.40 PMby Carrie Cochran Cabrera

      The cups are always tricky in bustiers, I make my own bra cups from a thin fabric covered foam. When you make the cups you can control the size and shape while achieving a factory finish

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    Jan 27, 2012, 06.29 PMby patti-r

    Wow, That is Amazing!!!

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