I haven't seen anyone in blog-land jump on the Burda 2/11 bustier top, which seems odd to me. It looks well-drafted, and is very au courant with the current interest in the Dolce and Gabbana S/S collection. I love the saucy little dash of Linda Evangelista in the early 90s plus a bit of Madonna in the 80s. It's got that great sexy Italian widow thing going on. Nice. I don't have much use for a bustier top, but I do have a lot of uses for a summer dress that is a little sexy, but also functional.
I'm hodge-podging the top together with the high-waisted skirt from the same issue. The darts in the skirt will have to be moved to align with the seams in the front of the top. Ideally I want to cut them as one piece, i.e., a dress rather than a skirt and top. I wonder if I really needed boning for this? I ask primarily because I just moved to a small town in North West Wyoming, and there's no boning to be had for at least three states in either direction (that sounds a bit odd, but never mind).