I have a secret.
I have always crushed on dresses with back appeal. Lately, however, I've been more drawn to ones with a little... less.
Lovely, no? All of these are via Etsy.
I mentioned briefly in a previous post that I was trying my hand at making a dress. Being that low-back dresses like the ones listed above can cost a pretty penny, I thought I'd try doing something like these! I was hoping to be able to wear this to a winter wedding, so I modified a sleeved-dress pattern I found online to have a low back.
|Pattern via Burdastyle|
I followed the pattern almost exactly. That was probably my first mistake. Did I check to make sure the pattern was going to fit before making it? Nope. And I omitted the inclusion of a zipper because I didn't want to go driving 20 minutes out of my way to go buy one. That was my second mistake.
Before I added the sleeves, I wanted to make sure everything else looked right (YES! I do think during projects! Sometimes). I'd done darts for the sort-of-first time and wasn't sure they'd sit in the right place, and I wasn't sure the armholes were small enough.
So I tried it on.
|Excuse the zombie face, it was really late at night!|
In other words, I got stuck. (Other than that, though, it fit perfectly!)
Husband was out of town, and since I didn't have anyone else to help peel me out of my awesome one-of-a-kind creation, I had to cut myself out of it.
Like, literally. With scissors. :(
So, clearly i'd either need something a bit more stretchy or have to suck it up and get a zipper. And start over, obviously, since the poor dress is currently sitting sadly at the bottom of my garbage can.
Thankfully, the second go-around was a lot faster than the first, since I'd picked up a couple timesaving tricks along the way the first time. I got real fabric, picked up a couple zippers so I'd have spares on hand (for the next spur-of-the-moment MacGyver project), and finished the final dress in just an evening.
Here's the best shot I got of the fabric. It's charcoal with swirly lighter cloudy bits? Obviously "description" is one of my spiritual gifts.
I traced the pattern onto the wrong side of the fabric, this time making sure to give myself an extra inch in the middle, just in case. I'd rather it be too big than too small!
But I'm stoked with how it turned out. Wanna see how it looked for the wedding (before I did my hair, I forgot to take pictures after)?
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