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X-Ray Open Back Dress

Added May 24, 2013

By MegH

Toronto, Canada






I made this edgy dress a couple of weeks ago, but only recently started to wear it because of the beautiful weather!

I used the ever-popular Open Back Dress from burda style magazine’s March 2013 issue. I knew right away that I wanted to make this pattern, because it was in petite sizes and I absolutely loved the open back with straps. I altered the dress a little to better suit that fabric I was using. I omitted the gathered cap sleeves and used a different skirt silhouette. I used the bottom pencil skirt from my Galatic Space Dress.

The fabric that I chose what this exotic, paneled print, stretch cotton from Mood Fabrics. I fell in love with the four different prints you get in one yard, and I really like how they are the same color! For each section of the dress I used a different print. I knew I had to use the zebra print for center front, because I wanted it to resemble an X-ray print. I am not one for ‘girly’ dresses but not too harsh, and I think this is the perfect in between. I can wear with a nice pair of nude heels for a cocktail party, or pair it with sandals and a denim jacket for a casual day look.

Photography by Julian Michael Majewski

Material Notes

Cotton, Lycra blend




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type

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    Mar 13, 2014, 06.02 AMby maggiemc

    The fabric looks amazing. Love the dress.

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    Jun 17, 2013, 03.14 PMby barbaraagatha

    I already asked the wonderful @DorisS about her Orange Beetle Dress. How necessary is the boning? Will I be showing everybody my chest if I just forget about it? Any fitting suggestions?

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    Jun 13, 2013, 12.30 PMby jilleigh

    Aaaaaah, I’m so excited about this dress! You were dreaming it up last time we saw each other :) it turned out perfectly. How do you like the fit of the bodice?

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      Jun 13, 2013, 03.52 PMby MegH

      Hey!!!! I am so excited as well, I know you were with me when I found this fabulous fabric haha. The bodice fits a bit weird I had to take it in at the bust side seams. Hope all is well :)

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      Jun 14, 2013, 05.20 PMby jilleigh

      All is well! Just finished setting up my new apartment last night – I have a sewing table and everything :) Hopefully I’ll be posting a project soon… I am going to finish the dress I started cutting out in the NY office – with the fabric I got the day you got this fabric :) :)

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    May 29, 2013, 05.50 PMby Daniel Parker

    Absolutely perfect. Love this!

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      Jun 13, 2013, 03.50 PMby MegH

      Thanks :)

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    May 25, 2013, 05.00 PMby JPGagnon


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      May 26, 2013, 09.31 PMby MegH


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    May 25, 2013, 05.15 AMby velvetribbon

    Gorgeous dress!

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      May 26, 2013, 09.31 PMby MegH

      Thank-you I am excited to wear it out

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    May 25, 2013, 12.20 AMby Haley Jarret

    I LOVE this! Are the fabrics at Moodfabric.com or did you get them in-store?

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      May 25, 2013, 01.00 AMby MegH

      Thanks! I bought it in store, I tried to find it online to link for you all, but I was unable to locate it.

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    May 24, 2013, 11.53 PMby laurertheexplorer


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      May 25, 2013, 01.00 AMby MegH


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    May 24, 2013, 10.25 PMby Mary Athey

    lovely dress and the fabrics gorgeous x

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      May 25, 2013, 01.00 AMby MegH

      Thank you Mary, I love how the fabric works with the dress style.

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    May 24, 2013, 09.28 PMby Yellowcat

    I love so much the fabric! it’s fabulous

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      May 25, 2013, 01.00 AMby MegH

      Thanks so much!

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    May 24, 2013, 09.13 PMby Robvihunt

    That dress is FAB!!!! i love the print and look amazing on her. so INSPIRE

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      May 25, 2013, 01.01 AMby MegH

      Thanks! The fabric is my favorite.

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