Sunday, June 24, 2012

Beach Bustier Adventures

Happy weekend to you all, my dear readers! This has been a really busy month for me and I apologise for not posting more often. We had a lot of important events recently in our local military community that kept me busy, as well as pretty much a weekend-long birthday celebration for myself. Not to mention the super fun steroid withdrawals I've been having (Yay! I'm just thrilled to be off the horrid things!) keeping me sickish and therefor lazy. But on the bright side, my chronic pain is better enough that I have a sewing project to share with you!


I had a blast sewing this beach bustier top. It was one of those projects where I got to see my sewing practice start to pay off; you know, when you can finally see that you're a better seamstress than you realized? My top stitching came out straight, my seams all matched perfectly, and this little baby is clean from the inside out!


I made this beauty using my 1950's Style Beach Bustier Digital Pattern with the intention of adding a skirt to make it into a dress. I had originally planned on making it strapless so I boned the side seams for more support. Then after a fitting, realized that if I waned strapless I needed to have used a size smaller. So in went the original halter strap which I really liked better in the long run.


I hadn't added any buttons at this point, waiting for the skirt to be attached so I could work out a smooth button/ zipper combo in the back.



Well, I added the skirt, and in a hurry to get it finished in time for an event, completely botched my closure plans. I kid you not, the whole thing has been sitting in a crumpled pile on my guest-bed now for a month. All I need to do is rip the zipper out and sew it in again with a bit of the dress taken in, but have I gotten around to it yet? No. (hangs head in shame).

Well, there you have it. I'm not perfect, but I sure can make a pretty half-done mess, now can't I?

Are there any UFO's (UN-finished objects) laying around your sewing space, shaming and guilting you as you ignore their cries for closure?

16 comments:

  1. I'm glad to hear you're feeling better. This beach top is so cute!! Love the anchors! It's going to look great when it's finished. Funny enough, my UFOs tend to sit on my guest bed as well. My most shameful piece? A silk gown that I started in February. I gave myself a break from the handsewing to make a few easy projects but, never went back to it :-(

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  2. oh so cute! and yes, pleased you're feeling a bit better. x x

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  3. It's so cute! Love your fabric choice; so summery. Nice job :)

    sewcollegiatechristine.blogspot.com

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  4. Looks absolutely gorgeous <3

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  5. looks great!I could open a store sell UFO's.

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  6. This is adorable!

    I hear you re: UFOs...at least half of my project basket at the moment is things that have maybe one or two steps left, or one tiny alteration to do. I actually delayed on a recent piece so long, a step from finishing, that I can't find it in my sewing corner! Whoops...

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  7. what a cute top! So retro! I'm curious as to how you will wear it. With high-waisted pants? I just bought a crop top and have been having trouble pairing it with pieces in my closet. I'm wondering how you will wear it.

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  8. I have so many UFOs that they have a special cupboard to make themselves at home in!

    Rachel

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  9. I seem to have the opposite problem - no UFO's hanging around but lots of un-started projects. I have all the materials to make something, but it always seems that something else comes up and I have a hard time finding the opportunity to begin!

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  10. actually, my UFO is sitting in front of me since I have been working on it the last few days... in short spurts LOL
    I also have four of five projects just waiting for me to start...

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  11. your top is fabulous! I saw this pattern and was considering it for a summer beach outfit. It's nice to see it sewn up--I think I'm sold! ;)

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  12. Ooh its gorgeous, love the fabric! I think it definitely needs a matching skirt ;)

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  13. This looks wonderful! just wondering what kind of fabric did you use? Is it a cotton?

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    1. Yes, Lora, it is cotton. It's a simple nautical print from fabric.com... pricey, but lovely!

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  14. I know I already commented on BurdaStyle, but this is just so darn cute! I love how the top looks and can't wait to see it with the skirt added. Hopefully you will get around to fixing that zipper and snapping a few more photos.

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