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DIY denim tie top and bustier

DIY denim tie top and bustier

When it comes to denim, I prefer a softer more flexible fabric that’s comfortable to wear.  While browsing moodfabrics.com, I came across the perfect cotton denim.  This lightweight denim with stretch in one direction sews and irons nicely.  The original plan was to make some sort of skirt but decided to cancel those plans when I spotted this Ulla Johnson denim top.  Something about this super simple top I just loved.  To put my spin on it, I added a boned bustier over it that can be worn alone when the temperature decides it wants to act right.


The top was made using Vintage McCalls 5676 with the following pattern alterations:

-Cut front on the fold

-Cut back in two pieces

-Added 1.5″ to the height of the neck

-Added 2″ to each side of the top of the sleeve to create a puffy sleeve

-Created a 3/4 length sleeve

-Added elastic to the sleeve


The bustier was made using the bodice to Burdastyle 5/2011 #122B with the following pattern alterations:

-Added 2″ to the length

-Added a 1″ band at the hem

-Added boning to the side seams

-Added a separating zipper



    April 25, 2018 / 3:20 pm

    Oh wow Nikki!!!! I absolutely love this!!!!! Unfortunately there is only a smidgen amount of yardage left at Mood ;o( of this fabric.

    • Nikki
      May 8, 2018 / 3:31 pm

      Awww and it’s beautiful! but check some of the other denim. Mood’s denim is pretty remarkable.

  2. Dawn
    August 5, 2018 / 7:47 pm

    I love your fashion inspirations, Keep up the amazing work!!

    • admin
      December 29, 2018 / 4:52 am

      Thank you so much