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Vintage Style Bustier Top & Panties

Added Oct 12, 2013

by sewing fanatic

Nth Is, New Zealand






Bustier Top – BurdaStyle 5/2011 #127
Satin Panties – BurdaStyle 01/2012 #128

This project was out of my skill range, but what the heck lol. I arrived at my destination in my own way, as I couldn’t entirely understand all of the instructions for the bustier, with me being a novice. I dove into my vintage 70s remnant stash, but I didn’t try to match up the plaid pattern. I found it humanly impossible trying to get the two bust points to look symmetrical: I probably sewed all the pattern pieces up the wrong way lol. Instead of professionally under-stitching, finishing tidily, and turning pieces inside out etc, I just top stitched – or ‘assembled’ – everything together lol. I had to sew folded strips over the top of the bust edges just to hide some messy top stitching. I added a thick elastic band for the back as I didn’t have any white hook and eye tape, so you simply slip it over. The inside looks a bit rough, so I won’t be showing any pics of that part, lol! It took me under 2 weeks to sew this set, breaking the tasks up into daily chunks. It may be used as lingerie, bed wear, or swimmers. I loved how the high waist panties pattern offered tummy control last time lol, so I had to make them again. The top has some wayward lumpiness, but as long as this set isn’t too shoddy, lol. Location: Pacific Dawn

Material Notes

light-weight ’70s plaid pattern fabric with slight crosswise stretch, t-shirt for linings, sew-in interfacing, sew-in boning, large size elastic, zipper for left panties side, stretch lace trim, elastic.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Beach, Preppy, Romantic, Vintage

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    Sep 28, 2014, 02.06 PMby sewing fanatic

    I swam in this two piece set as if it were a swimsuit, while on holiday the other week to PNG, and the rather bulky t-shirt lining does mean this bikini holds the dampness in. It feels soaking at times and cold, but on a hot day it can dry sufficiently. This pattern is great and it feels like this outfit is strongly held together. It is terrific for sunbathing or lounging around in. However the top does not bode well for swimming, as it pulls down in the water at all times. Also due to my lack of sewing skills at the time (I’d like to think they have improved at least a little by now lol!) the top may not sit right. Pattern matching wise, I have to say the plaid does appear to be all over the show. I may have only had a small fabric scrap, but I should have tried cutting the corresponding pattern pieces – both pairs of right and left sides for the cups and the panties – lined up as mirror images. It’s actually making me cringe now, lol!

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    Oct 20, 2013, 02.03 PMby liliv-1

    You make pretty lingerie!

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      Oct 20, 2013, 02.04 PMby sewing fanatic

      thanks my lovely x
      i must try making more lol XD

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    Oct 13, 2013, 03.56 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Lovely – You did a great job! I’m gonna try making this some day and I will be happy if mine turn out like yours :)

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    Oct 13, 2013, 10.17 AMby sewing fanatic

    Thanks so much Mary, i should knock my annoying negativity on the head; On the flipside, i hope i’m not being a horrible perfectionist lol! (..although in observation, maybe i should have inserted some factory-standard bra bust cups, which would give a more symmetrical nondrooping uniform shape, hahahaha!) X

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    Oct 13, 2013, 09.37 AMby Mary Athey

    This looks so good!! No body would ever see any fault but us sewers always put ourselves down.i can’t wait to see your high waisted shorts. Love the top x

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