Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!

Gingham Bustier + Skirt

Added Jun 6, 2011

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






We’re channeling the 50s in this vintage-inspired ensemble, made up of a bustier and high-waist skirt with deep, wide pockets. This retro look is made from sage green + white 1-way stretch gingham. It’s fun (and a bit daring) to pair these two patterns together with a vintage jacket.

Worn alone, the bustier could make up the top half of a bikini, and the skirt looks great alternatively hemmed at knee length and worn with a blouse.

Material Notes

Bustier: Check fabric with width-wise stretch, 145 cm (57 in) wide: 0.60 m (3/4 yd) for all sizes. Batiste with width-wise stretch, 140 cm (55 in) wide, for lining: 0.15. m (1/4 yd). Vilene/Pellon G 700. Hook-and-eye fastening band: 0.10 m (1/8 yd).

Skirt: Check fabric with width-wise stretch, 145 cm (57 in) wide: 2.80 – 2.90 – 2.90 – 3.00 – 3.00 m (3 1/8 – 3 1/4 – 3 1/4 – 3 3/8 – 3 3/8 yds). Elastic waistband, 3 cm (11/4 ins) ¬wide: 0.70 – 0.75 – 0.80 – 0.85 – 0.90 m (7/8 – 7/8 – 7/8 – 1 – 1 yd). Vilene Bias Tap




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Beach, Mod, Vintage

28 Comments Sign in to add a post

  • Missing

    Apr 10, 2017, 11.57 AMby Krista Montgomery

    Such a beautiful result! Very classy, well made, one of the top projects on this site!

  • 03003e1f_2_large

    May 23, 2013, 03.39 PMby sewing fanatic

    one day i shall make this lol

  • Italy_154_large

    Jun 11, 2012, 01.16 PMby maelimaeli

    Hey. I just attempted a practice go of the bustier pattern and found the instructions extremely unhelpful. I have tried other Burdastyle patterns before and they all seem to simplify the instructions too much. When I traced the pattern pieces twice to make the two bust pieces, one was back the front. And how do you sew the vertical seam AFTER you sew the curved seam at the base of the bust ??? Please help

    1 Reply
    • Missing

      Jun 7, 2015, 05.38 PMby hillarylois

      I ran into the same difficulties while attempting this pattern the other day. Did you ever figure anything out to make the pattern work? I’ve been looking to make a bustier for a while and I really want this to come out well.

  • P1020436_large

    Feb 23, 2012, 01.10 PMby crillysmalls5

    I have just made up a toile of the bustier and it’s a terrible shape! It is unflattering and points downwards. I have had to draft a completely new bust from one of my books so I may as well of drafted a pattern from scratch and saved my money!

    1 Reply
    • Italy_154_large

      Jun 21, 2012, 12.21 AMby maelimaeli

      Hey. I contacted BurdaStyle about the pattern instructions so they have updated them and added pictures. Go to the bustier pattern page and there is a pdf of the new instructions at the bottom. Hope this helps.

  • 5400934573_794403b88e_z_large

    Aug 20, 2011, 11.39 AMby Ira Kiperman

    its awesome!

  • Bur_large

    Jul 10, 2011, 10.06 AMby sibeli

    Just printed out the instructions and there’s stuff missing I think. There are only three pattern pieces identified as what they are, for the rest the numbers are missing in the description and I can’t really figure out where they go….might be my computer, has anyone else had the same problem?

    1 Reply
    • Italy_154_large

      Jun 21, 2012, 12.21 AMby maelimaeli

      Hey. I contacted BurdaStyle about the pattern instructions so they have updated them and added pictures. Go to the bustier pattern page and there is a pdf of the new instructions at the bottom. Hope this helps.

  • 711ccba3b752d74a4995da8b510d0de7e688b040_large

    Jun 21, 2011, 06.39 AMby reneevk311

    I was really in love when I saw this, but thought that the breast shape looked weird, but figured that I may fill it out differently. Well, I tried it, and, yes, my boobs looks really strange in it; they sort of point down at the nipple and I’m busting out the top. Okay from the front, side view is embarrassing. I think I made it a size too small… Will proper sizing fix the shape issue or can I get some pointers on how to make it more round for a fuller breast (C cup)?

    sorry for the crappy self pictures…PhotobucketPhotobucket

    1 Reply
    • Italy_154_large

      Jun 21, 2012, 12.21 AMby maelimaeli

      Hey. I contacted BurdaStyle about the pattern instructions so they have updated them and added pictures. Go to the bustier pattern page and there is a pdf of the new instructions at the bottom. Hope this helps.

  • Missing

    Jun 14, 2011, 03.46 PMby amitaffou

    I like the skirt .

  • 191f8419b65e6d80c3bc2282c10de19f9dacbfa2_large

    Jun 12, 2011, 02.02 PMby laurii

    love this! i need to make a bustier like that:)

  • Dodo_large

    Jun 11, 2011, 09.35 PMby lila-1

    This feels SO 1940s beachwear to me :) the skirt, hmm, not so much. The bustier is another matter :) I would never wear the bustier as a top, but I would love to use it to try making my own swimwear and underwear! It’d also make an excellent bust part of a bodice, it isn’t hard to add a waist piece to this

  • 100_1680_large

    Jun 9, 2011, 03.12 PMby amyjoanne

    I love it! Love the skirt but would also pair the bustier with some high-waisted paper bag trousers – can’t wait to make it!

  • N584811376_1041_large

    Jun 9, 2011, 12.08 PMby hellagabrielle

    Hot damn. That is one of the cutest patterns I’ve seen on Burdastyle in a while! Totally happening for my honeymoon.

  • Photo_on_2011-02-14_at_11_18_large

    Jun 8, 2011, 11.11 PMby mnavoy

    I love it!

  • Image0205_large

    Jun 7, 2011, 08.04 PMby patchitup

    Oh, so cool, but I think I may pair the bustier with my project skirt-sweet!

  • 67423_1520502094585_1295520241_31542683_411369_n_large

    Jun 7, 2011, 05.03 PMby Megan Wilkes

    Love love this!

  • 0167503d-f70d-4adc-88d0-ebc2fcedb50e_large

    Jun 7, 2011, 05.00 PMby lovetessie

    Love! cant wait to make!

  • Clarke_for_squarespace_large

    Jun 7, 2011, 03.04 PMby Sara Moskovitz

    Gingham picnic check?! Bustier?! Matching print skirt?! Delicious. Absolutely delicious. Thank you Burda.

    1 Reply
    • Dahlnyc_1352392376_600_large

      Jun 7, 2011, 04.45 PMby alisondahl

      Glad you love it! Your profile picture is delish too!

  • Missing

    Jun 7, 2011, 08.59 AMby u120418

    I love the look of the skirt pattern, but I do not like the way it has been sewn up – I think a big print, maybe a button on each of the pockets and raising the hemline and it would be something I could wear. I am not a bustier wearer – too much skin for me!!

  • Resized_2010_060428_06_10_nedvger0036_large

    Jun 7, 2011, 06.35 AMby angelagerson2

    Thank guys for the patern. nice bustier.

  • Degas37_large

    Jun 7, 2011, 03.27 AMby fifilina

    this outfit is totally amazing!!

  • Missing

    Jun 6, 2011, 10.35 PMby Lisette O

    It’s pretty awesome! I like the different darts on the bust.

  • 202413_1236892285178_full_large

    Jun 6, 2011, 10.25 PMby Dani Restercher

    One thing ive noticed is that this sort of outfit if you have a slightly larger belly than youd like actually disguises it for a few reasons.

    1. gravity – the largest part of the belly is at the bottom, so if the skirt flares out and isn’t tight therefore causing a dent, it disguises the larger bit while making the top look flat

    2. boobies – the top enhances them :D

    3. People automatically think that someone confident enough to rock that look must have the body to pull it off so they don’t bother to check – not that if they did they’d find anything because of pointa 1 and 2.

    4. LOVE your body and don’t dress based on whether you’re ‘allowed’ to (I’m not allowed to wear a crop top my so and so is too so and so) if you love it then your confidence will show. However if you want to disguise bits like me with my belly then I recon this is the way to go for a summer look :)

    I have a larger waist because of a slightly disproportionate tummy and the high waisted skirt and crop top showing off the middle is amazing for me!

  • 2010-11-27_15-17-30_263_large

    Jun 6, 2011, 08.06 PMby Olivia Anne

    in love

  • Befunky_img_20130826_083902_large

    Jun 6, 2011, 07.15 PMby BlancheOfArts

    Well, I definitely want to have a go with this pattern, yes I think it´s daring but when the temperatures hit 42 Celsius this summer on Croatia´s coast, I think I won´t have a problem with wearing this outfit. Still, I am a bit sceptic about these pockets, will it suit me or not, oh well, that is the question. Guess I´ll find out, he! :)

    1 Reply
    • Dahlnyc_1352392376_600_large

      Jun 6, 2011, 09.38 PMby alisondahl

      And look at your profile picture— you could totally rock this look! The bustier looks really cute with other high-waist pieces like trousers, circle skirts or shorts ;)

  • Dsc03784__b3_profile_large

    Jun 6, 2011, 06.02 PMby Laura Bolčina

    Love the bustier, although I’m not sure I’d wear it. Maybe under a sheer blouse. Might try it this summer.

    1 Reply
    • Dahlnyc_1352392376_600_large

      Jun 6, 2011, 07.09 PMby alisondahl

      That’s such a good idea, I’d like to try that too!

  • Svpply_large

    Jun 6, 2011, 04.10 PMby postmodest

    I love it, but for me it’s just a little bit ‘too obviously vintage’. I’m very into bustier idea in general – I think it’s one of the most versatile garments. If you don’t want to show too much body you can put a sheer blouse on it or wear it as an accessory – on the top of sleeveless top or dress. I think people are too hasty with considering bustier as a lingerie and classifying it under the ‘inapropriate’ label. But of course I understand a voice for covering the body more, everybody’s different. I’d love to make one for myself! :)

  • P1350704_large

    Jun 6, 2011, 04.08 PMby tinapickles

    I kinda love the fabric and the general idea, but am not in love with the skirt. It just looks… big.

  • Avatar3_large

    Jun 6, 2011, 03.38 PMby carottesauvage

    That’s a really cool ensemble (not that I would wear it, too much flesh)Great styling!

    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post

Add to Favorites 172 people added it