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Contour Bust Dress and tute

Added Aug 13, 2009

by miasu

Lawrenceville, G...






In this project, you will learn how to use my contour bust pattern I have created just for you! Unfortunately, my pattern/photoshop skills are rudimentary, so the only size is about a 2-6 in US women’s dress sizes and 36-38 in Burda sizes. This may seem like a large range, and it is, but I have made this dress several times and this dress should fit in the bust area all these sizes.

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Material Notes

You will need:
At least 1.5 yards of fabric
Something to trim the top (bias tape, piping, elastic…)
At least a 9-inch zipper




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Evening Wear, Mod, Preppy, Rock, Vintage
Cotton, Blends, Other, Satin

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    Jun 8, 2014, 06.21 AMby Meegan Alves

    I just made the bodice from your pattern and absolutely love it! Thank you for sharing!

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    May 24, 2013, 06.36 AMby kelsikay

    This pattern is great! Looks so great on you as well as everyone else who has tried it by the looks of it. I’m just wondering if anyone could give me some guidance as to how I can increase the size in the bust. The waist should work as I fall between the size 4 and 6 in all my other measurements but I’m closer to a 12 in the bust. Hopefully someone can help me out! This is a problem buying ready made clothes for me too so if I could make this pattern work (and learn how to do this for future projects) I would be forever grateful!! Thanks!

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      Jun 17, 2013, 06.54 AMby miasu

      May I ask what bra size you are? That would help me answer best!

      PS: sorry for taking ages to respond!

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      Nov 25, 2013, 10.02 PMby Sjoera Roggeman

      I have exactly the same problem as you have. I’m currently experimenting with resizing the pattern, I’ll let you know how it worked out if you like.

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    Apr 11, 2013, 10.56 PMby Kendra Richardz

    Why isn’t anybody answering on how to get the pattern?! I see a ton of other people who can’t get it & neither can I. I just get the PDF download with her photos & instructions, but it shows no pattern pieces. Anybody care to help us out?!

    UPDATE: GOT IT! Whoooo—hooooo! This is amazing. Lol. Thank you, thank you Miasu! This is a beautiful dress & it looks amazing on you. I cannot wait to make my own. :) PS. I hope everyone else who was having trouble reads your comment & figures it out. I don’t have a clue why it worked this time as I’ve downloaded 7 different times. But I did exactly as you said and it happened to work out. So to everyone who’s having trouble: follow those directions & remember to click “print at HOME.” If you don’t get the pattern, then try it a second time. This was the second time I hit the “print at home” and it worked out, so that’s the key.

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      Apr 11, 2013, 11.10 PMby miasu

      You just hit “Get it now” under “Patterns for this Project” on the right. It will take you to your downloads, and you just click “Print at home”

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      Apr 12, 2013, 12.27 AMby Kendra Richardz

      Thank you. I tried that 6 different times & for some reason, it still doesn’t show up in the PDF file. I am able to view everything else in that file — the photos and instructions, but never see the pattern part. :(

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    Sep 22, 2012, 07.39 PMby alleb92

    Love your pattern hopefully once i give birth i can make one THANK YOU FOR THE PATTERN! :)

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      Nov 12, 2012, 08.37 AMby BEX29

      Hey Allle,
      Can you tell me where you downloaded the dress patterns?
      I can’t find them on the website…:S

      That’d be great, thanks!

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    Aug 15, 2012, 02.21 PMby kehinde

    I love your pattern. It’s the first pattern I was able to adjust to fit my shape and I could not be happier with it. Thank you so much for making if available for everyone.

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    Feb 18, 2012, 04.47 PMby pcpatel

    Eeep, this is amazing! Thank you so so so much!

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    Jun 23, 2011, 04.24 PMby babyizblue

    i made a dress with your pattern but this is the first time that i am inserting a zipper. do you sew on the bias tape before or after you put in the zipper and when do you attach the straps?

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      Jun 24, 2011, 04.49 AMby miasu

      I would add the bias tape after inserting the zipper. That way, you can hide the extra part of the zipper at the top (those ends that extend past the zipper pull) under the bias binding. It makes for a cleaner finish. Attach the straps after the bias tape is applied. Good luck!

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    Jun 7, 2011, 05.23 PMby kstyled

    Oh, o.k., that makes sense (about the knit fabric), thanks! I already cut out your pattern from freezer paper. I was just trying to figure out what fabric to use. I’m definitely thinking of a print(for the top portion). I will post my project when I’m done! Thanks for responding!

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    Jun 5, 2011, 04.33 PMby kstyled

    Hi, again, Miasu! Did you create this pattern on your body, a dressform, or perhaps both? Are the fabrics I see, for the top half of the dress, knit (the leopard print and the flower print) and 100% cotton for the last one (the plaid)?

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      Jun 7, 2011, 04.35 AMby miasu

      Hi! I created this pattern from measurements and guestimation. All fabrics pictured are non-stretch. I wouldn’t recommend anything terribly stretchy (unless it’s woven) for the bodice because I can’t imagine it would support the design well. Good luck, and ask anything else if you please!

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    Mar 7, 2011, 09.53 PMby VictoriaPerry

    I have had the same problem as the last two posts? Any other way I can get hold of this pattern?

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    Feb 27, 2011, 01.39 AMby babyizblue

    i have had the same problem as Ganluine. what should i do to get the pattern?

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    Feb 20, 2011, 04.33 PMby Ganluine

    Hey Miasu, I’ve tried to download the pattern by using the button on the right, but i get the following error message: The change you wanted was rejected. Maybe you tried to change something you didn’t have access to.

    Can you email me the pdf, or do i need to do something different to get this pattern? I would love to make this awesome dress! <3 Ganluine

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    Feb 14, 2011, 10.09 PMby foxyminx70

    i made 2 fancy dress, dresses as a practice run, was great fun with easy to follow instructions, will now make the real thing, with my purpose bought material… and strapless so i’m gonna bone it. many thanx Miasu.. xxxx

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    Dec 28, 2010, 05.57 PMby surfjewels

    I am about to make this dress, love the pattern and the pleated waist dress with it looks great, i’ll post up how it goes.

    Hannah Handmade Jewelleryhttp://surfjewels.000space.com

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    Oct 28, 2010, 06.35 PMby whisp3r5

    Here’s a hint, for all the bigger ladies out there, with bigger bust lines and bigger waist lines, who are absolutely in love with this pattern like I am. It’s really easy to enlarge this pattern. There are four seam lines around the waist area. All you need to do is increase evenly over these four seams, taking into account that there will be about two inches worth of seam allowance. I believe when I measured the pattern pieces together, the waist is about 26-27 inches, so in order to make the waist a 32, I had to increase 5 inches over the 4 seam lines. The bust area is a bit trickier. Not only are you going to have to lengthen it, but you are going to have to deepen it as well, so you will have to add to the top and bottom of the bust piece as well as the sides. The bust piece is going to need to be played with a bit more that the bodice pieces. I’m in the process of sewing mine up, but will post pics when done.
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      Nov 15, 2010, 05.58 PMby cambra

      A really easy way to add the inches you are looking for is by using a compass (no, not the kind to find North) Just set it to the desired width that you would like to add and trace around all the pattern peices to get the same even spacing without having to measure everything with a ruler. great for curved edges.

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    Oct 23, 2010, 10.19 PMby adumb

    I am about to try this as my first project. It looks perfect for my wife’s costume. Not that it is a costume pattern. This dress is something she would wear anytime. Hopefully I do it well enough for her to enjoy the quality.

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      Oct 27, 2010, 04.08 AMby miasu

      Good luck! I’m actually using it for my costume :))

      However, I don’t know what I was on when I made that pattern. It’s a bit shoddy. The pieces fit fine, but the lengths come out really different. Like side pieces are shorter than than back (or something). Anyway, just be careful and measure to make sure it comes down far enough on the abdomen!

      I plan to edit the pattern, but who knows when that’ll actually happen..heh ;)

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    Aug 13, 2010, 08.33 PMby andrine94

    If I want to make it as an empirewais what should I do?

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      Sep 20, 2010, 04.47 PMby miasu

      Just shorten the bottom bust pieces until it reaches the length you desire

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    Aug 13, 2010, 01.46 PMby nic305

    Ugh! I want this dress but it’s not my size. any tips to making this dress for larger busted women?

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      Aug 29, 2010, 12.15 AMby spookcityusa

      it’s not my size either, but i just traced the pieces and made them about an inch and a half or so bigger than they normally are. mine’s not done yet though so this may or may not be a good idea, lol.

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    Jul 24, 2010, 10.35 PMby sew-me-the-money

    You are one talented lady – thankyou so much for this pattern. I have been looking for a pattern like this for AGES, and finally I have found it! I just whipped up a dress last night using it. Even though it is not in my size (40) I added 1cm to the pattern and it came out perfect. I’m sure this is not the way you are supposed to increase the size of a pattern but it worked and I am so happy about it!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you xxx

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    Jul 17, 2010, 04.56 AMby lyetterey

    Is it possible to email this pattern? I kept getting an error message saying “page not found.”

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    Jul 15, 2010, 03.23 PMby aprilrose76

    can someone email me this pattern? When I go to download it, I get an error message saying page not found.

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    Jun 30, 2010, 06.20 PMby better

    Very nicely done u have def inspired me. x

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    Jun 8, 2010, 06.44 AMby smartalex999

    I’m in love with this dress!!!

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    May 19, 2010, 11.30 PMby Two Leos

    Okay, So i’ve made this dress and the front looks perfect! however i’m having a problem in the back. There is a big poof happening where my waist is.

    I noticed in the first two dress pictures (the one with the black/leopard and the pink one) it has a different waist and there are some pleats in the back. Where is this dress? I made the one for the plaid dress, but I don’t know how to fix the back. Please help!

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      Jul 24, 2010, 10.32 PMby sew-me-the-money

      Me too! I think I will need to add some darts or maybe take the gathering around to the back as well – I have a little waist and big bum, which makes the skirt part of this pattern not quite fit. Trying to get my hands on a mannequin to make this easier!

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    May 11, 2010, 12.01 PMby littlegreykoala

    a really useful pattern! Really easy to adapt and resize too, thanks ever so much
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    Apr 13, 2010, 12.23 PMby andrine94

    If the test square isn’t as big as it should be, is the pattern smaller then it should?

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      Apr 16, 2010, 10.11 AMby hannnc

      yes make sure your printer is set to print it at 100% size.. not stretching it to fit the page or shrinking it etc.

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    Feb 3, 2010, 10.00 AMby eatthatmonkey

    damn, i want to sew this one but there’s not my size. could you would you become genius in photoshop and add bigger sizes as well? :)

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    Feb 1, 2010, 11.28 PMby gonnange

    I totally adore this and am trying to make it right now but I’m a bit stuck so would anyone be able to help me out? I’m wondering what happens in steps 5-7, i.e. what happens to the top piece that is being pinned to the lower ones? The instructions jump from the top being pinned to something being topstitched. I’m a beginner and have never topstitched before so I’m not sure which bit of the material to use etc.

    Any help would be much appreciated!

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      Feb 3, 2010, 11.10 AMby Laura Bolčina

      First, you have to pin together the three lower parts: the middle one and the side parts. Sew them together. Second, you have to align the middle of the lower part with the middle of the upper part and sew them together as well (right sides together). Then comes the topstitching which is just a line sewn from one side of the bust to the other – along the last seam you made (connecting the lower part with upper). The topstitching can be made above or below the seam – you should try the piece on to see how it looks with seam allowances folded down or up. Then topstitch from the right side, including seam allowances on the wrong side. Hope this helps you. :) And don’t forget to neaten (zig-zag/overlock) the seam allowances while working! ;) I used inelastic cotton, but I should line it with interafcing; it would probably look better.

      P.S. miasu, well done! :)

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    Jan 19, 2010, 04.34 AMby loyl8

    really excited to make this.. I have wondering how to do this!!!! I am not a good pattern person, but this seems really easy. Thank you!! Dress or something coming soon. ;.>

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    Dec 5, 2009, 12.43 PMby pokey3000

    how hot!!! i’m so excited to try this out, you genius :D

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