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Leafy Satiny Peplum Bustier

Added Sep 11, 2016

by sewing fanatic

Nth Is, New Zealand






Peplum Bustier – Burdastyle 10/2013 #109

I made this peplum bustier out of upholstery fabric I got once from a craft store off-cuts bin. I didn’t make bubble pleats, only because I just had the written (not the illustrated) instructions, and couldn’t understand them lol. I used light-medium weight interfacing, and vintage left-over gold lining; the thickness of it makes it feel sturdy, the boning adding to the structure. There was a little hand-sewing to finish; all thick or raw seams on the lining are bound with gold craft store ribbon. I used hem tape to effectively reinforce all top and bottom edges of the lining. Seeing as I’m a cat lady lol I took these photos while cat-sitting at my uncles’ house. Location: Parnell

Alterations: I’d traced this bustier pattern a few years ago (I traced loads of sewing patterns earlier, from the library) and realized later that it was one size too small: at least for my stomach region, lol. So I added extra panels going down each side of the centre front opening, both measuring 4cm wide; it is a fair amount, and it looks flatter on the front peplum now lol. I used the wrong side of the fabric for a subtle contrast. While I could breathe better, the bust was now gaping out more than desired lol. So I decided to alter the original centre front seams, by cutting into the front bustier pieces, and removing two dart shapes. The darts each start 4cm in, going down from the top edge, angling back out to the original centre front seam, the points level with the approximate bust line. This worked as it pulls the top edge back in and curves around the boob area lol.

Material Notes

blue satiny leafy medium weight woven upholstery fabric, maybe a jacquard; 70s gold lining; light-medium weight interfacing; black hook and eye tape; medium size gold ribbon; sew in plastic boning tape; iron on hem tape.



Related Techniques


Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Business, Evening Wear, Goth/Gothic Lolita, Rock, Romantic, Victorian, Vintage
Blends, Polyester, Satin, Silk

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    Sep 12, 2016, 09.14 PMby kisses

    Fabulous….looks very lovely on you

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      Sep 13, 2016, 02.08 AMby sewing fanatic

      Thanks so much sweet kisses =D
      I’ve also just added an extra photo taken while I was in the middle of adjusting the bust line curve to fit….

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    Sep 11, 2016, 06.47 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

    Nice fabric, nice fit, everything nice! It looks rather complicated, isn’t it?

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      Sep 11, 2016, 08.14 PMby sewing fanatic

      Thanks so much Elpida! =) It could get intense at times, lots of piecing together, a variety of techniques required, just figuring out how they are done- though I made it even more complicated lolz!

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    Sep 11, 2016, 06.45 PMby Mary Athey

    This looks great in you. Cute cat as well x

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      Sep 11, 2016, 08.08 PMby sewing fanatic

      Thanks so much Mary :D that’s my uncles’ ocicat Stella x

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    Sep 11, 2016, 05.48 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Looks Lovely on you honey! :)

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      Sep 11, 2016, 08.06 PMby sewing fanatic

      I thank you so much lovely! :p

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    Sep 11, 2016, 02.50 PMby chula123

    fantastic job making this fit right, looks very special! like your cat too :-))

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      Sep 11, 2016, 08.05 PMby sewing fanatic

      Thanks very much Chula! :p I didn’t know what I was really doing but it worked out somewhat hahahaha. x

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    Sep 11, 2016, 04.42 AMby izbott

    Very cool! I like cats too!

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      Sep 11, 2016, 08.03 PMby sewing fanatic

      Thanks so much izbott! =D Everyone owns cats over here, everyone needs me to cat-sit lol x

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    Sep 11, 2016, 03.08 AMby Ruth Meiland

    Very nice work! Love the fabric!

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