Ok, I admit it. I've never worn a bustier before, let alone ever made one. I definitely pondered the prospect of its creation when I first gazed upon Simplicity pattern 2172, the steampunk dress. So what you're seeing here is my first attempt. It came out fantastic and, of course, I had to try it on. So now I can say, "why, yes, I have worn a bustier before and, in fact, I made the one I'm wearing right now." The results of my bustier has nothing to do with beginner's luck and I won't even give credit to my sewing skills. The credit goes to the Simplicity 2172 pattern and the directions' breakdown. I went through it and was amazed at how quickly the bustier could be created and really how much easier it was than I thought it was going to be. Now that I have this knowledge, I can look at the ready-to-wear bustiers and scoff at the prices because making it yourself can save money, doesn't take as much effort as you think especially when you get the hang of it, and there's an unlimited amount of creativity you can bring to it. This particular bustier is very classic, but it would be incredibly easy to add other trims and make it unique, which is way better than anything you can buy.
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