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Peacock Print Bustier Top

Added May 2, 2011

By burdastyle

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Many BurdaStyle members love the 50s and sewing from vintage or vintage-inspired patterns, and we do too, so we made our own version of a bustier-inspired top with cap sleeves. The style lines resemble a bustier but are a bit more modest. Take Mary Katrantzou’s cue and cut this pattern from a print; or Sonia Rykiel’s knit bustier in peach, nude and black; or Rachel Comby’s 1-piece bustier. If you’re a fan of the matching fabric covered shoes, check out our tutorial if you’d like to learn to make your own matching ensemble.

Member mixtlii added a peplum and trim to her sweet summertime bustier.

Member bhs made her bustier from black stretch lace and a printed denim skirt to match.

Material Notes

The pattern calls for stretch fabrics, but we used a woven and added some ease so it would not be too tight:
125 cm (49 in) wide stretch tulle lace: 0.60 m (3/4 yd) for all sizes. 150 cm (59 in) wide stretch jersey: 0.60 m (3/4 yd). 140 cm (55 in) wide knit ¬lining: 0.40 – 0.40 – 0.40 – 0.45 – 0.45 m (1/2 – 1/2 – 1/2 – 5/8 – 5/8 yd). Vilene Bias Tape/stay tape.




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    May 4, 2011, 04.50 PMby reginaanne

    Thanks, loopylizziemoo.

    In my excitement, I didn’t read the entire description. You have just added a new pair of shoes to my collection.

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    May 4, 2011, 03.24 PMby reginaanne

    The top is fabulous in the peacock feather print and has jumped to the top of my project list. As a shoe junkie, I also LOVE the shoes! Are they available for purchase or is the pair in the photo just a tease?

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      May 4, 2011, 03.42 PMby loopylizziemoo

      There’s a link to a tutorial for fabric covered shoes in the description :)

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    May 4, 2011, 01.32 PMby easbrooke

    I love bustier type tops! I may have to make one or two this summer. :)

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    May 4, 2011, 04.03 AMby matchymom

    I agree with laurana: does not look like the bustier that I had in the 50s…. Tank top is more like it…. the title is misleading for sure. Madonna would laugh at this use of bustier..

    Oh well, it is your choice to call it what you want…. Not a bustier to me.. Matchymom

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    May 4, 2011, 03.51 AMby Lightfoot22

    love the two examples put forward by mixtlii and bhs. I have both black and white stretch lace which I’ve been trying to decide what to do with … and I just love peplums. I’m so short in the waist and have a large chest, so peplums are a great way to keep a tailored look which doesn’t cut me off or make it look like I’m about to topple over lol thanks guys :)

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    May 3, 2011, 08.53 PMby wzrdreams

    I would be very interested in the bustier with straps pattern (linked by Alison) if there was a tutorial on fitting it! * hint hint*

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    May 3, 2011, 02.13 PMby amibambini

    The fabric is a classic Liberty Tana Lawn called Caesar (B). The motifs are arranged in lines increasing and decreasing in size, hence giving it that optical illusion effect. I made a dress out of that fabric, it’s the most gorgeous feeling cotton ever, darned expensive but worth it (for a change). If you aren’t near Liberty but are feeling flush you can go here and buy it – http://www.liberty.co.uk/fcp/categorylist/dept/fabrics_classics.

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    May 3, 2011, 12.45 PMby shelley .

    That looks great. I like it.

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    May 3, 2011, 07.36 AMby ghainskom

    Looks like a Liberty fabric. Pretty!

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    May 3, 2011, 05.17 AMby lauriana

    Ehm, not to be nasty but I had to go to the pattern drawing to even see that this could be described as a bustier. What Alison wears looks more like a tank top and definately doesn’t have the structure I would expect from a 50’s-inspired bustier, which is mentioned in the text.

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    May 2, 2011, 08.44 PMby daughterfish

    Very nice! I love how the peacock print almost looks like it’s getting bigger toward the top (although this might be an illusion).

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    May 2, 2011, 08.16 PMby Stitchgirl78

    I really like mixtlii’s version of this top. However, I agree with wzrdreams – I don’t see what makes this top a bustier style.

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    May 2, 2011, 08.13 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    i’m finding it very hard to see the pattern.

    mainly because alison is so freaking pretty.

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    May 2, 2011, 07.18 PMby wzrdreams

    I can’t se the seam lines in these pictures so I can’t be sure, but I don’t see what makes this project a bustier style. Is there a pattern link?

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      May 2, 2011, 08.26 PMby burdastyle

      The pattern link for this structured top should be in the top right hand corner of your browser. This is a sister pattern to this bustier with straps, which is more of a classic bustier top.

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      May 2, 2011, 11.57 PMby wzrdreams

      Thank you. For some reason the link was showing on my computer at work, but I see it now on my Mac.

      The bustier with straps is more like what I think of when I see “bustier”…. that is, bust support/defining cups.

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    May 2, 2011, 07.05 PMby FabricUiPhoneApp

    I personally liked the peacock feather print…it’s very on trend…and 1940s-esque!

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    May 2, 2011, 04.07 PMby tilshmil

    I love this style of top! Very nice, will have to myself one soon!

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