Anyhow, the bodice is self-drafted and the concept comes from a halloween costume I made a couple of years ago. (Well, the idea of the strapping at least -- point of interest, the costume is also entirely self-drafted. In that case, I put on an old t-shirt, duct taped it to my body, cut it off and chopped up the cast of my torso into a corset pattern. Much fun :) )
Back to the main project.... You can't really see it because of the crazy print, but there is a gathered under bust with shaping folds on the overbust. The purpose of the straps in the back is to take the pressure of the nape of my neck. I have nerve damage there and halters are remarkably uncomfortable. (Most frustrating, as I think they are gorgeous.) The skirt, which has front pockets (matched fabric!) is from New Look 6557.
I ended up wearing it for fourth of july festivities, but failed to get any pictures of it in action.
I'm not really sure whats next for me -- oddly enough, I'm debating between bathing suit or winter coat, although given my track record, odds are I'll end up working on something completely different.
What a beautiful dress! Really like the straps detail on the back and of course the pockets!ReplyDelete
thanks :) yeah, pockets are pretty much the best thing ever.Delete
HOLY CANNOLI. The back of this dress is AMAZING!!! Truly fantastic - and I love your fabric! The perfect summer dress, I am thinking :)ReplyDelete
many thanks! ::curtsies::Delete
That is GORGEOUS! Love the straps.ReplyDelete
The 90/10 thing sounds disturbingly familiar...
Allison, this is stunning - you are so clever & the back is incredible - a feat of wonder-drafting & supreme fitting (I expect no less of you!!)ReplyDelete
It looks amazing on you - really flattering & totally summer-chic!
many thanks :) The back was actually the easiest part -- I made a standard halter and got the fit set -- then I made four straps and pinned them to the nape of the neck and then pinned them to the back-midriff once I had the dress on. There followed a period of bending, stretching and checking things out in the mirror until I got the right lengths and distribution. It looks fancy, but its actually pretty easy.Delete
hmmm in my world 10% works and 90% doesn't, i think i'm doing it wrong ;) i love the multiple back strap idea, halters always give me a headache and i don't have nerve damage, so they must be really horrible for you to wear! but it looks like a terrific summer dress, so chic and cool.ReplyDelete
Basically, I just don't bother with them unless there is other support. I hope you try something with straps, they do make it all a lot more comfortable :)Delete