Grandma’s couch never looked so good.

It’s one of my goals this year to tackle more involved makes, so when saw the new #rosecafebustierdress by Daria Patternmaking, I knew I had to make it.

This is the first pattern release by Daria, and if anything, I can only imagine that this design must be a taste of the patterns to come and I am really excited about that. It is a fully lined, soft cup bustier dress. It has an invisible zipper and the cutest ribbon straps. I added the straps, but I chose to tuck them in for this shoot. I love that I have the option to wear it both ways.

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Pattern: Daria Patternmaking Rose Cafe Bustier Dress // Size: Large // Fabric: Thrifted Needlecord from Fabric Friends // Lining: Satin

I took my sweet time making this dress. This is how I would like to handle my more involved makes – to enjoy and savour each step of the making process, rather than speed toward the end goal.

I had initially planned to make the dress in a size large, with every intention to make the cups in a size medium, but I completely forgot. When I went to try on the dress, I had to wear a strapless bra to help fill it up a bit, but I think the fit is pretty good.

This fabric is quite thick, very much like something that would be a couch cover in grandma’s house. However, I still decided to interface the bodice with a very lightweight woven interfacing and I’m so glad I did because it gave the bustier that much needed structure.

This is something important to keep in mind if you are planning to create this dress using a softer fabric like a satin. You would need to use a much heavier interfacing if you want the bustier to hold it’s structure. Or, you could opt for underwire and boning! This is something I would like to attempt in a future make, most likely with this same pattern.

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4 Comments

  1. Very beautiful! I have this pattern and fabric to go with it but I’m nervous to start! Can I ask your bust and underbust measurements? I am measuring for the medium but feel like it will be a little too big.

    • Raylene Harvey Reply

      Hi Isabelle, thank you for your sweet comment. It’s such a fun and challenging make that you will certainly enjoy making because the end result is so amazing. I don’t remember taking my under bust measurement at the time of making this dress, unfortunately. My under bust circumference is currently 76cm, but I have lost a lot of weight since making this dress, so this won’t be of much help to you. Perhaps contact the pattern designer and she could advise?

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