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Purple open back dress

Added Feb 22, 2011

by Irene Bullock

Rotterdam, Nethe...






Loose fitted dress, with open back and 3/4 sleeves.

I’ve changed the following:

- Backside: I’ve sewn it instead of leaving it open. The open back was what initially attracted me to this pattern. It was supposed to give a sexy and mysterious flair when going out with friends. Reality is that the moment you move, you bare it all and this limits considerably its wearability. So, I sacrificed the detail I liked the most for the sake of utility. Note for beginners like me, if you decide to sew the back, it’s the first thing you should do before sewing the back to the front or skirt. I didnt, because my first idea was to leave it open. So it was quite a challenge to sew the back panels without ruining it.

- No zipper: This dress is supposed to close with a side zipper, but my fabric have enough stretch to put it on without one. If you are considering a non-stretch fabric the zipper is indeed necessary.

- Burda ask you to cut the skirt parts on the bias. Maybe there’s an specific reason for this, but I didnt have enough fabric and just cut it on fold. I haven’t noticed any change in the final look, so I’m assuming the bias cut is optional.

Full review here
More photos and review in Spanish here




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Evening Wear
Polyester, Satin, Silk

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