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Summer Sewing Challenge- Button front Bustier dress

Added Aug 4, 2012

by sixgunsally

Eureka Springs, ...






I LOVE this dress. It’s structured, but not so much that I can’t wear it casually, and it’s perfect for the extreme temperatures that we’ve been experiencing this summer in Arkansas.

I used Burdas bustier top as the bodice for this dress. A few adjustments were made to the cup, making them smaller, and changing the shape slightly. I also added to the front placket so that I could easily add buttons.

The skirt is a basic A-line with front and back darts. A placket was added to this, again for the buttons. I also added a small slanting patch pocket to the back (which I absolutely love).
The dress has been stitched and serged throughout. I top stitched most of the seams as well. I felt like it helped to define the features of this dress.

The fabric is vintage denim that came along with the house we bought a few years back (score!). The buttons were from my grandmas button jar.

Material Notes

Vintage denim, buttons, thread




Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Ethnic, Other, Vintage
Cotton, Denim

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    Sep 1, 2017, 11.05 AMby mezmer

    Brilliant use of the stripe. You look great.

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    Jun 6, 2016, 01.02 PMby nrobson

    I love this, great placement of the stripey pattern! x

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    Nov 25, 2012, 07.19 PMby Becky Liu

    Looks stunning! Hoping to create something like this for a night out =)

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    Aug 11, 2012, 10.11 AMby chased-away

    I love everything about this dress! Good luck in the summer sewing challenge! <3

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    Aug 10, 2012, 08.50 PMby chicaroja

    a perfect dress pattern for your fabric find! nice work. and i must agree, your back hip pocket takes the whole dress up a notch. i’m a sucker for pockets! nice work, sally!

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    Aug 8, 2012, 09.24 PMby jacquipardue

    all those stripes are amazing! very cool dress.

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    Aug 6, 2012, 05.53 AMby poldapop

    I love your use of the fabric – very cool!

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    Aug 5, 2012, 03.12 PMby Livonet

    Hello from Norway, I am trying to do this bustier, I get confused by the instructions, and I dont know if you experienced that some of the partsdo not much, I have tried already 3 times, :( Can you tell me your experience with this pattern? Because I dont understand which parts should have interfacing and the amoun of bonning tape. Thanks so much.

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      Aug 5, 2012, 04.35 PMby sixgunsally

      Hello, I didn’t use interfacing or boning on this project. The fabric that I used was already pretty stiff, and I didn’t feel it was necessary. If you are using a light material you may want to interface all of the pieces, not including the lining. Steps 7 in the instructions will hopefully clarify how much boning tape is needed. I hope this helps.

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    Aug 5, 2012, 09.20 AMby Mary Athey

    Lovely dress and the fabrics great x

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    Aug 4, 2012, 08.51 PMby MientjiB

    Gorgeous – perfect combo of fabric and style :-)

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    Aug 4, 2012, 08.45 PMby laurertheexplorer

    love it!!!! soo cute

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