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Summer Sewing Challenge - Bustier Dress Remix

Added Aug 1, 2012

by tinybows

Philadelphia, Pe...






I have had my eye on the Bustier Dress with Draped Detail Pattern #122 for ages. However, I decided it needed a little makeover to go with what I had I imagined. So, I made a totally new variation to fit this vision.

I had been coveting this gorgeous vintage silk 1970s fabric that I found at an estate sale last summer. It had been begging me to turn it into a gorgeous long gown for some time.

I started making the dress using the bodice pattern as a base, but adding an extra layer over the bodice to cover the bustier, and then created a lengthened wrap skirt instead of the original skirt with the detail. I added large gold eyelets to the front and back of the bodice so that I could add black and silver metal chains as straps and an exposed gold zipper, giving it an edgy look.

The overall dress was inspired by Brigitte Bardot vacationing in Saint Tropez. I wanted a breezy, sexy style that could transform from lounging by the pool by day to sipping mojitos and dancing the night away.

My lovely friend (and Bardot look-alike) Aubrey modeled for me! I photographed her using a wide angle lens and a silver reflector. Unfortunately I had to be my own photo assistant and hold a 5ā€™ disc propped up on my foot while taking photos. Iā€™m sure I was an amusing sight.





Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Casual, Classic, Evening Wear, Ethnic, Rock, Vintage

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    Aug 4, 2012, 08.17 AMby Eva Iwakki

    very nice fabric also the dress :)

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    Aug 4, 2012, 05.12 AMby smallone

    wow what style you have!!

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    Aug 1, 2012, 05.01 PMby alexus1325

    Awesome fabric! I love your pattern mods, too! It’s now shaped a lot like a dress I have from Le Chateau :D

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    Aug 1, 2012, 03.00 PMby kisses

    nice job and you are so working the dress

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    Aug 1, 2012, 02.38 PMby SassyT

    Wow looks like a fshion shoot. FABULOUS!

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    Aug 1, 2012, 11.03 AMby Innamc

    It looks very nice and sexy :-)

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    Aug 1, 2012, 09.31 AMby Mary Athey

    love the dress the fabric and the photos. the first photos fab. it shows the dress of and the kids playing in the backgrounds class xx

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    Aug 1, 2012, 05.40 AMby Justine of Sew Country Chick

    Wow! gorgeous!

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    Aug 1, 2012, 03.12 AMby bright-ideas-studio

    Nice job! And I love how you accessorized and photographed it.

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      Aug 1, 2012, 03.15 AMby tinybows

      Thank you!

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