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The Backless Armor

Added May 23, 2012

by Nina Helland...

Oslo, Norway






It’s been a while since I’ve added a project on Burdastyle, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been spending any time with my old Pfaff. Not by far! Still, now it’s about time I share some of the things I’ve put together the last couple of months, and hopefully get some feedback from you guys.

I start with this top I made for my birthday party back in March. I just love garments with open back, and this particular back is based on the back on one of my favorite dresses. I’ve called it The Backless Armor because of the sharp shape in the front, and the backless-part pretty much says it all.

The top is fully lined with interfacing in the lover part to get the peplum feeling that emphasize the waistline. The back is double layered. The inner layer is following the natural curve of the back, while the outer layer is draped. This – I feel – gives a nice contrast to the strict shape in the front. The black elastic belt is removable, but in the pictures used to make an impression of a more narrow waist. Don’t mind if it does!

My friend Ingrid P. Eide is – as usually – the one taking the pictures.




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear



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    Aug 6, 2012, 06.50 PMby saxsilverain

    wow, this is so beautiful! the colour & the cut suit you very well, and i just love the shape of the back side :)

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    Jun 8, 2012, 04.05 AMby rifka

    Lovely. What dress pattern did you base it off of? I’m on the hunt for a pattern that has a similar low back. Thanks!

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      Jun 8, 2012, 08.18 AMby Nina Helland Sortland

      Thanks :-)
      It’s not based on a sress pattern, but on a dress I’ve bought.

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    May 25, 2012, 11.09 AMby imnotyrbabe

    fabulous…love it

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    May 25, 2012, 02.58 AMby rshelly13

    This looks great. I like how you braided your hair with it as well.

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    May 24, 2012, 02.19 PMby stefilu

    I LOVE this! You did an amazing job!

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    May 24, 2012, 12.31 PMby Dibii

    I like your idea of the back shaping, looks gorgeous with this pants!

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    May 24, 2012, 04.30 AMby sophienissirios

    Wow, this is lovely :-)

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    May 24, 2012, 02.25 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    This is lovely! I love the contrast between the nipped waist and drapey back – you did so well to be able to pull it off!

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    May 23, 2012, 09.00 PMby nettie

    This is gorgeous!

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