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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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    Feb 16, 2018, 03.10 AMby Ellen Hagan

    Does anyone know where to find a similar pattern in lieu of not being able to purchase this one? Thank you Ellen

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    Apr 12, 2014, 04.50 PMby Tiina Ulkuniemi

    pattern please. ^^

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    Jan 21, 2014, 07.38 PMby Emily Smith

    Omg I really need this pattern this dress is amazing!!!

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      Jan 25, 2014, 04.15 PMby carrotcakegood

      Yes please!! I’m participating in my school’s fashion show and i would really like to make a dress like this!

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    Feb 14, 2013, 04.23 AMby aarista

    did you come up with a pattern yet? would love to make this, I would offer to even pay

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    Nov 12, 2012, 01.26 AMby jmurray123

    This looks perfect! Pattern??

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    May 27, 2012, 06.13 PMby Cassandia Calcina

    How I can get this Pattern…help??

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    Feb 16, 2012, 10.02 AMby nephele

    Beautiful dress. I’d be very curious about a drafting/construction tutorial. Also, I’d love to see how this dress looks on the inside. Did you use underwires on the cups?

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    Feb 10, 2012, 09.43 PMby Melissa Maldonado

    I’m also requesting that you do a tutorial and put your pattern on for sale! I would love to do this! Thanks for showing us it’s possible to do this at home!

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    Feb 6, 2012, 12.46 PMby anna agyekum

    to add one voice to many I LOVE IT! xx

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    Feb 3, 2012, 12.26 PMby Ravince

    i’m so in love with this, and you really should make the tutorial, would be helpful. cant wait to try it.

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    Feb 2, 2012, 01.14 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    That just looks amazingly sleek. Better than a commercial one. I would buy your pattern anytime, you know?

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    Feb 1, 2012, 11.50 AMby Vanessa Leigh

    Pure craft. It would be wonderful to be able to buy this pattern too. Fabulous work!

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    Jan 31, 2012, 06.28 PMby Gilberto Gonzalez

    Very beautiful. Would you mind sharing your pattern or maybe a really awesome tutorial?

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      Feb 1, 2012, 12.16 AMby Carrie Cochran Cabrera

      I am learning how to digatize my patterns now and thinking about a tutorial but both are a bit of work.

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    Jan 30, 2012, 12.01 PMby KazztheSpazz

    Woah! Well I’m going to become your friend so I can learn this wonderful technique, you will do a tutorial won’t you? I’m keeping my eye on you :) fantastic work indeed.

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    Jan 30, 2012, 12.50 AMby carolynberni

    Wow, you are good.

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    Jan 29, 2012, 07.23 PMby haizumalban

    This is gorgeous!

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    Jan 29, 2012, 06.42 PMby ToastyKnitsandSews

    Wow that looks amazing! I’m hoping to make my own soon(ish). Hope it looks half as good!

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    Jan 29, 2012, 03.32 PMby LLC333

    Fabulous, congratulations

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    Jan 29, 2012, 12.27 AMby turtlegirl00

    excellent job!! i love it!

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    Jan 28, 2012, 06.50 PMby tirrs

    Lovely!!! It looks stunning?

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    Jan 28, 2012, 05.36 PMby just-fee

    wow that is stunning work!

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    Jan 28, 2012, 02.15 PMby claudinka

    It took you only 2 hours to finish that? Within two hours I would probably not have finished with the cutting of the fabric! Thumbs up. Great dress.

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    Jan 28, 2012, 12.24 PMby kerstika

    Perfect! I love everything about it, from the colour to the shape. Beautiful work!

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    Jan 28, 2012, 10.56 AMby suribabe

    Very nice dress and great color.

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    Jan 28, 2012, 10.37 AMby kristin lacuesta

    this just look so stunning I ♥ it !!! please share the pattern!! :)

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    Jan 28, 2012, 08.44 AMby Stephanie Subagyo

    super fabulous dress! perfect bustier cup!

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    Jan 28, 2012, 04.34 AMby laikadoll

    Care to share? Hehe!!

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      Jan 28, 2012, 07.50 AMby olac

      I second that!

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    Jan 28, 2012, 12.44 AMby Andrea Delesdernier


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    Jan 27, 2012, 11.14 PMby byANOUSHKA

    That color is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. I love the pleats on the skirt.

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    Jan 27, 2012, 10.27 PMby poppykettle

    Yup, I feel exactly the same way as you. Drawn to the silhouette, bitterly disappointed by the offerings available. This certainly looks the part. Supportive too!

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