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Measure Fabrics: DIY Bustier Looks

Hello Gems! This past month I had the pleasure of sharing my first featured fabric make as a “Measure maker” with Measure Fabric. I’ve shared parts of this make and details of the beautiful WindowPane Sateen Fabric that I used on social media. I must say this is one of my favorite garments to date. I’ve been coveting some of the gorgeous corset and bustier styles and fashions lately and have wanted to add a piece or two to my current wardrobe! When I first received Measure Fabrics stunning WindowPane Sateen Cotton I knew it was the perfect fabric for a bustier.

For this look I created this beautiful classic Rose Cafe Bustier by Daria’s Pattern Making. The bustier has been around for centuries and has with stood the test of times, re-inventing itself and its image. What once was merely an undergarment now has become one of fashion’s treasured iconic styles. I sort of believe we may owe Madonna for lending clout to this piece. The 80’s was definitely a trend setting period. Nevertheless, the bustier can and does show sophistication and femininity. I absolutely love the way it has evolved. This bustier pattern is fully lined and has underwire for support. I did find it challenging matching up all the squares and lines in the bustier due to all the singular pieces that had to be cut but, I was able to get the major seams to match up after cutting pieces a few different times. I decided to go with a nude blush ribbon to maintain a soft feminine look. The Window pane is a bold contrasting print and I think the softer color in the ribbon goes a long with the contrasting theme here. And I think it lends a Persian feel to the look too!

The fabric has a little give and stretch to it, which makes it a great fabric for pants and pieces that hug the natural curves of the body. The contrast of this fabric is so striking, it catches the eye immediately and makes a very bold, yet sophisticated statement. Stretch sateen by nature is a very versatile fabric so you can pretty much plan any type of garment look with this fabric depending on how you want the look to fall on the body. It has a crisp hand and a medium weight yet it still can be quite fluid due to the bit of elastic and stretch to the fabric. It will hold volume and structure for puff sleeves, it can contour and fold with crisp edges for jackets, pants and more tailored items. It is probably one of the easier fabrics to work with if you are a beginner.

And just to show a little versatility I had to make the add-on puff sleeve. I have really been on the puff sleeve wave lately and I do believe having the puff sleeve add on as an option gives me yet another look to play with, and I do love my options. Just sayin…! You can catch more on how I created this puff sleeve add-on on my IGTV soon! It’s really easy to make and doesn’t take much time at all!

I finished this look up with one of my favorite high waisted pants, Simplicity pattern 8749 ! It’s a great fit for curvier figures and has been my go to pattern for high waisted trousers . I did alter the hem by making it a slightly flared capri. I felt I would get quite a bit of wear from season to season as a capri pant rather than a full length pant. I love the way these two pieces play together. Its like a modernized suit and vest with the bustier. And as the nature of suits and separates, there are so many ways to play with these pieces style wise. I really had a lot of fun styling this look and look forward to re-mixing each piece in the warmer weather with other makes in my wardrobe!

Until Next Time!

Marcia 💋

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