Dear busty bust, please behave.

March 29, 2008

I have the strangest body. Well, perhaps the -est is a bit of an exaggeration but definitely strange. I am 5'2 and wear a size 2. Not strange you say, but wait. I also wear a 36.......D. Weird. Nothing I buy fits correctly. Bathing suits, forget it! If it fits below don't hold your breath on top. On second thought, I'll hold my breath, it might help.
Impatiently, I've bought a couple uber-cute spring camisoles only to find myself pulling at the tops every 5 seconds in fear of my nipples making a surprise appearance. To this end, I've decided to attempt to sew a couple camisoles with inspiration from my current favorite store- Anthropologie thus allowing me to customize the bust....for my very BUSTY bust.

This was my Anthropologie inspiration:
This was the pattern (New Look #6672) I improvised and worked off of. As you can see I shortened the dress into a blouse length, rouched the midriff, twisted the straps, added a trim, *enhanced* the bust line and voila (see below)















This is the result:



















Obviously, I had to heighten the bust line. I'd prefer a lower line. I think it looks more feminine but unless I want to be rutching at my neckline all night I have to make compromises. Whatcha think? Close enough? If I had to do it over I'd widen the midriff, use a lighter-weight fabric, and somehow (although I don't know how) feminize the bust. It looks a little too boxy for my taste. Ah what I would give for a ballerina neckline.

Now I have to get back in the house...it's 40 degrees and windy! Burrrrrrr.

10 {comments}:

kate said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi,
I came over to your page from Sew Mama Sew and I commented on your camisole. I have that dress pattern at home; I'm going to steal your idea of making a top.

And I'm so sorry, but anyone who is a size 2 with a D bust just isn't getting ANY sympathy at all! :)

Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

It looks fantastic! I too enjoy making garments inspired by Anthropologie (who wants to pay those prices!!!). I think you did a lovely job.

Ravenhill said... Best Blogger Tips

That top is adorable! You have done it so nicely and it fits to a T!

I am going to add you to my blogroll as I want to visit you lots for the wonderful inspiration!!!
~Emily in Norway

La Mañosa said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice camisole! I love Anthropologie as well and I think your idea of taking inspiration from their clothing is excellent. I have the same measurements as you and the same trouble finding clothes that fit. I've been wanting to try sewing my own clothes again (I had a few failed attempts with a skirt) and you've definitely inspired me.

Love your blog and the cute dresses!

diana said... Best Blogger Tips

I need to start sewing my own tops like you. Nothing is made for large busted girls. A girl can't live on t-shirts alone.

Mel said... Best Blogger Tips

I think it looks great! I agree about fidgeting with the top if it's too open. If you did lower it, you could easily wear one of those NY & co camisoles under if you don't mind layers of fabric..bra, tank w/bra, and top... though someone must sell those stretchy tank without built ins.
Lastly, to feminize the top, could you simply add a small cotton eyelet ruffle in brown? Not too big, but just noticeable.
I'll keep this in mind for myself too... busty and short, but not as busty as you... =)

Eva said... Best Blogger Tips

Honey, we are cut from the same cloth. I am just about that same size, or combination of sizes.
I also have plans for some Anthropologie revisions in my summer wardrobe.

TracyKM said... Best Blogger Tips

I know this post is old, but in case anyone else has this issue, I'd thought I'd add my two cents, as another busty lady.
You can lessen how much it overlaps, which will decrease the boxiness. I'd definately open up the neckline a bit more. If you're fearful of it gaping, you can stitch the overlaps together. But make sure that it's actually wide/deep enough for your bust to sink into it. I think it's pretty feminine as it is (I've never seen a man dressed like that), but do agree, more drapey fabric would help.

Kirsteen Marrs said... Best Blogger Tips

glad to see i'm not the only 1 who has a problem with shop bought propotions, what about a keyhole style cut out? you could even put a bit of coordinated lace in the keyhole if it was to exposed?

Cara Rotter said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a super cute idea! Are you going to post a tutorial? I would love to try it!

 
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