Bustier Dress - Papercut Patterns
This week I sewed up the Bustier Dress by Papercut Patterns. It is described as having a fitted bodice on a gathered skirt with a fitted hemline. I chose to make mine less fitted as I wanted an easy-to-wear, cool, everyday dress, rather than something more structured.
My pattern for this dress was taken from an already altered pattern of my sister's. I than had to alter it quite a bit to fit me. Given this, I can't really accurately comment on the alterations I have made. What I can say for sure though is that I did shorten the bodice significantly. I also added more width to the skirt to create a less-fitted skirt.
Rather than use the Bustier Dress pattern for the bodice back and skirt back, I used my Vogue 8184 toile instead. This is a very similar pattern with a very similar silhouette. Using my toile, with all the existing alterations, made much more sense. For this reason, I also shifted the zipper from the sideseam to the CB. This is my preferred location anyway.
I would prefer it if the straps were slightly longer. I accidently cut them off during a lapse in concentration induced by the demands of a three-year-old. Don't you hate that? I think I'll just live with it this time around. I don't actually have enough fabric leftover to recut the straps so I would have to add a dodgy seam if I was really determined.
I made up the dress using a Japanese cotton lawn I bought from Spotlight some time last year. The piping is made used sage-coloured broadcloth, also from Spotlight. I always use rats tail ribbon or China cord inside my piping. This was a trick taught to me by my sewing teacher. It is wonderful to use and creates much nicer piping than standard cord I think. It is readily available from Spotlight and other craft stores. In fact, it is also often in the ribbon section of newsagencies. So next time you need to make piping, give it a whirl.
So what do you think of the length? Too short? I have left quite a deep hemline so I can lengthen it if needed.
To belt or not to belt? Either?
Worn this afternoon out to drinks by a windy, windy beach.
Styled with denim jacket, silk/felt scarf and nude flats.
Back view - As you can see I added piping at the back/side back seams.
Overall, I'm quite happy with the dress. It's not really the best colour for me, but I thought the fabric was soooo pretty. I'll just have to be sure to wear accessories that break up the colour a bit. I have a really groovy red necklace that looks great with it. I didn't wear it in these photos though as I wanted to showcase the bustier lines.