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Polka dot skirt and Contour Bust

Added Feb 18, 2011

by Sallee

Sydney, Australia






Im very new to sewing and this is one of my very first projects.

I had a playful polka dot fabric lying around so I decided to make a nice and easy casual skirt with an exposed elastic top. I just made a basic skirt then added layers to create cowled sides, as I am a big fan of the volume it adds to my hips.

I also reworked Miasu’s contour bust pattern to fit my measurements, but unfortunately I am at this stage unable to figure out how to join the two pieces together, considering I really want to keep the elastic band on the skirt!

Due to the bust being a separate, waist-length piece, I just gave it a couple of buttons as a closure at the back.

Material Notes

Top – cotton/polyester blend
Skirt – Some kind of polyester




Garment Type

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    Jun 19, 2011, 08.15 AMby silvermink

    I love it! Do the bust realy stay up without any straps? :)

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    May 19, 2011, 08.18 AMby Chee

    wow nyc how did u make the skirt i so wanna try tht out

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    Mar 18, 2011, 08.21 AMby effelle

    Looks great!

    How did you go about resizing the bust? And did you have to make it bigger or smaller?

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      Mar 25, 2011, 02.23 PMby Sallee

      Hi, i resized the bust by kinda doing up a new pattern based on the lines used in Muasu’s top. If you are of a smaller bust/size then you could try following the bust pattern for the tute i put up for my Recycled Curtain Ruffle Strap Dress (in my studio), it worked really well for me, and youl be able to make many variations from it. Just be aware though, iv had feedback that it doesnt work too well for bigger busts so if thats the case, you may want to tweak the pattern block a bit.

      If you do try making the custom block, pls post as i would really love to see how it turned out! ;)

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    Mar 10, 2011, 03.20 PMby littlewren

    this is great! I love the skirt and the use of the top! really fab! looks like it’s straight out of anthropologie or someithing

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    Feb 23, 2011, 09.32 AMby sansancouture

    Like it !! Well done for a first job !

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    Feb 19, 2011, 12.50 AMby dilshadburman

    LOVE the idea of draping over a basic skirt! How clever! I am so trying this!

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    Feb 18, 2011, 10.02 PMby minxe

    WOW. Love this! I’m such a fan of polka!

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    Feb 18, 2011, 01.49 PMby JuliTito

    like it!

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    Feb 18, 2011, 01.11 PMby neama

    Lovely job! Adore the polka dots and the lemon yellow is fab & summery:)

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