Metallic Foil Evening Bustier
Added Jan 12, 2014
by nadia r
Akl, New Zealand
Leather Bustier – BurdaStyle 01/2012 #124
Granted we’ve just come through the festive season, so I needed assistance getting myself into this bustier top. While the bust fits good, I’m sure this bustier would feel more comfortable if it were made in one size bigger. However I think the problem was that I did not use the more forgiving stretch suede, or leather; even fabric with some elastane would be more suitable, to give a great fit as well as comfort. Comfort was sadly not considered due to inexperience lol, and I went for what was in my vintage 70s era stash: a type of metallic foil woven fabric, with matching vintage red satin lining, and I just had enough of both. I won’t divulge the makeshift way I installed the open-ended zip after trimming it to the correct length lol. Lots of boning was used in the panels, it reminded me of something like my great grandmother would have worn. These pics were taken at my auntie’s place. Location: Parnell
Alteration: To try and add some leeway to the non-stretchy fabric, I inserted an elasticized triangular piece at the back, after removing the boning from the center only. I think it could be classified as a ‘gusset’ of some type. The pyramid shape (comprising both an outer foil fabric piece and an inner lining piece) is added to the centre back if you can see from the pics, to retain the original measurements for the cleavage area, while at the same time adding extra room/looseness to the high waist area (my problem area). Sandwiched between are about 5 strips of medium width elastic that I stretch-stitched using zig zag width-ways across the pyramid. The new fit after the addition of the gusset is great: it stretches to my love handles lol so I can breathe. Not sure how professional my adjustment is lol, but it affords some needed breathing room, however slight the added stretch will be.
woven 70s metallic foil fabric – possibly polyester (red with black velvet pattern), red 70s satin lining, black open-ended zip (for left side), iron-on interfacing tape, sew-in woven boning, fabric glue, several wide elastic strips for triangular insert