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Woven Back Dress

Added May 28, 2012

by dixiediy

Austin, Texas, U...






This dress was an exercise in pattern drafting – I fitted a basic bodice block and added a gathered skirt (basically two rectangles). After fiddling around with sleeve Ideas I came up with these ruffle sleeves.

Then there’s the important stuff – the back! I used a bias tape maker to make a bunch of bias tape strips which I inter-weaved in a big back cutout. It was more difficult than I thought it would be to get all the strips balanced and stretched just right but I think it turned out pretty good for the first try. I used more bias tape for the neckline binding. I inserted an invisible side zipper because a back zip obviously wouldn’t work in this case.

The fabric is a lovely floral rayon that I bought locally but you can find it online. It has a really nice feel and drape.

Material Notes





Spring, Summer
Garment Type

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    Aug 30, 2012, 07.27 PMby Käsekosmonautin

    I really ike it!

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    Jun 10, 2012, 08.05 PMby leashbean

    lovely! I have yet to fit a bodice block on my own body, and this is the inspiration to do it!

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    May 28, 2012, 08.49 PMby martynia6

    great job! nice back!

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    May 28, 2012, 08.01 PMby Hugs-and-Kisses

    Gorgeous fabric, and what a lovely surprise at the back! you should have put that picture of the back as your cover photo! :D xXx

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    May 28, 2012, 02.15 PMby jadealamode

    lovely dress !

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    May 28, 2012, 01.02 PMby skeeler

    Beautiful job Dixie!

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      May 28, 2012, 06.13 PMby dixiediy


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    May 28, 2012, 09.53 AMby Maimeo882002

    love the back of the dress.

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    May 28, 2012, 06.04 AMby laracrj

    That looks gorgeous and I love the print on the fabric

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