Sewn by Me: Denim Bustier Top

Have you ever seen a clothing item on Instagram that you absolutely love and want to buy, but don’t necessarily want to drop hundreds of dollars on it? This is the question that spurts most of my creativity with sewing. I love having the ability to see something and make it my own, at a much more affordable price point.

Simplicity #8130

In the beginning of the summer I saw Reformation post a picture of a lace-up denim bustier top. I loved it but knew it wasn’t wearable enough to spend $200 on. What do I do when this happens? I make my own and I make it even better!

I’ve had Simplicity #8130 in my stash for a while and figured I could alter it to mimic the silhouette of the Reformation top. I used view D of the pattern as a base for the top and then added on different features to make it more unique.

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The first thing I altered in this pattern was the front of the top. Instead of sewing the front seam together, I left the two pieces unattached, but with finished edges. I then added rows of grommets down each side in the center of the front pieces. While grommets are a pain in the butt, they add a really cool detail that retailers really make you shell out the big bucks for. Grommets are only $3 a pack, and other than them themselves, all you need is a hammer and a little bit of elbow grease.

After hammering the grommets onto the front of the top, I created a string to loop through them. I decided to go with a light denim fabric I had laying around my sewing studio in order to add a little contrast. I think it adds a fun little detail that the Reformation top doesn’t have.

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In addition to the grommets, I added 4 lower panels to the crop-top, in order to give it that flared look on the bottom. The top part is very fitted but then the bottom panels flow out, creating a peplum like effect. I simply measured the length of each of the top pieces and widened the bottom edge of each piece. I then made these into trapezoid-shaped pattern pieces. The trapezoid shapes will create the peplum when sewn together.

The top should naturally open up under the grommets due to its shape, exposing the perfect amount of skin.

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Lastly, I added an exposed zipper to the back in order to match the silver metal and light denim lace-up design in the front of the top.

My favorite way to wear this top is with a lighter denim bottom. These shorts match perfectly with the light denim details on the top, creating the coolest look. I also make sure to pair it with silver accessories because of the silver hardware all throughout the top. This look is seriously the most casual-cool summer look for concerts, coffee, or even going out!

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Similar Looks: Madewell Denim Bustier Top, Cropped Denim Top, Nordstrom Denim Top

Now that summer is coming to an end, I’m beginning to brainstorm ideas of what to sew for the fall season. I already have a few ideas but if you have any suggestions, please leave them down below. Let me know what you think about this top and if you’ve sewn this pattern before.

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to read Sewn by Me: I AM GIA-Inspired OverallsSewn by Me: Zimmermann-Inspired Floral Mesh Top, and Sewn by Me: Cutout Jumpsuit.

Sewn by Me: I AM GIA-Inspired Overalls

Is there anything easier to throw on in the summer heat than a romper? Rompers are my go-to for a cool, cute look that I don’t have to put much thought into. They are also a super easy thing for me to sew. You have probably seen my past sewing posts and know my obsession with jumpsuits for the winter and spring (Sewn by Me: Cutout Jumpsuit and Not Your Average Housewife). Well, rompers have replaced that obsession; I’m already sewing my third one of the season!

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As soon as I saw Romee Strijd post an Instagram picture in her I AM GIA jumper, I knew I had to make something similar for summertime. The I AM GIA one is black and gray plaid and features a zipper on the top half of the overalls. I wanted to make mine into a romper and change it to be more summertime-appropriate. This is what I came up with.

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I began by using McCall’s M7547 for the base of the romper. I didn’t change much of the pattern since the silhouette almost matches the I AM GIA one perfectly. The only difference seems to be in the waistband. Hers looks as if it is elastic and this pattern’s is just fabric with an added zipper on the side seam.

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I chose a light pink, white, and mint plaid from JoAnn Fabrics (similar: baby pink and blue checked fabric) to use for this romper. I thought this girly, babyish print would offset the tough hardware used in the straps.

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As you can see, the biggest inspiration from the I AM GIA romper came from the grommet and swivel hook detailing on the straps. Instead of simply sewing them on, I added this edgy touch. I was able to find matte white grommets which matched the fabric perfectly. I hammered those onto the bib of the overalls and then sewed a loop around each of the swivel hooks. It was super easy!

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You could even play around with this technique and find different kinds of hooks on marketplaces like Etsy to change up the look.

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invisible zipper tutorial

For this romper in particular I added a white invisible zipper because I felt it matched best with the overall look of the piece. However, I have made it with an exposed zipper as well.

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I opted for pockets on the butt rather than front pockets. I thought the geometric lines in the plaid fabric complemented the square pockets very well.

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This make of mine shows that you can take any simple pattern and make it your own by changing small details. Add some hardware, change up the pockets, or use a different kind of zipper. It is easy to make each piece using the same pattern its own!

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Similar Looks: Lost + Wonder Gingham Jumper, MAJORELLE Tessa Jumpsuit, Forever21 Halter Romper

Also, shout out to Doo Wop Wildwood for making the perfect backdrop for these pictures! I don’t think I could’ve found a place that would complement this romper better. What do you want to sew me sew next? Leave me a comment below!

Sewn by Me: Cutout Jumpsuit

I have been actively seeking out trendy and fashionable sewing bloggers for some time now. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much luck. Most sewing bloggers I find are super conservative in their style and over the age of thirty-five. For someone who is constantly following the latest trends in fashion and is pretty young, this just isn’t the ideal source of inspiration.

This being said, I’ve decided to add to my blog what I’ve found lacking on the internet- a young, trendy approach to sewing. As I make new pieces I will be updating you on the patterns I used, the various adjustments I made on them, and where I found my fabrics.

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You may recognize this jumpsuit from one of my past posts, Not Your Average Housewife. I used the same pattern for this one as I did for that one yet they turned out totally different! This just goes to show that a little bit of adjustments here and there can end in an entirely unique garment.

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I used McCall’s M7626 as a base for both jumpsuits. For the “Not Your Average Housewife” jumpsuit I kept the pattern almost exactly the same as the original. I used the pattern for jumpsuit D but added the straps of jumpsuit C. The only difference is that the one strap pattern uses buckles and the other doesn’t.

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When I used this pattern the second time, to make the jumpsuit pictured, I created a cutout in the front, used an exposed zipper, and tailored the leg seams.

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Getting the cutout just right was a bit difficult. I wanted to make it large enough where I could wear the jumpsuit out to a club and still be sexy but low enough on the top piece that there wasn’t too much underboob (just keeping it real here!). Sounds like a weird issue but it required lots of playing around with the straps and how the fabric would lay when sewn to the pants portion of the jumpsuit.

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The exposed zipper was obviously a lot easier to sew in than the invisible zipper, so I was happy about that. Invisible zippers are probably my least favorite thing to sew. For the pants I simply cut out the original pattern and then tailored the perfect fit to me when I tried the finished ensemble on. I also cuffed the jumpsuit so it would hit just above the ankle and look flattering with all different shoe types.

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I already bought this fabric in a nude color to make another jumpsuit for spring. They are just so easy to wear and a lot of fun to make. Be sure to let me know if you’ve ever used this pattern or if you plan on picking it up. Happy sewing!