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  • Detailed analysis of the open-back dress styles.
  • Recommendations and rules of choosing a right type of open-back garment.
  • Choosing the right base: corset, bodice or bodysuit. 
  • Choosing the right depth of the cut on the back.
  • Creating a garment with a bodysuit base.
  • Choosing the right shape of the straps.
  • Creating a garments with ready made foam cup.
  • Cutting and sewing of original removable light skirt.
  • For making this dress were used thin lace material and elastic transparent net.
  • Connecting bodysuit and the dress into one whole garment.

Skills you gain:

  • How to connect any ready made cup to the dress.
  • How to draft a pattern for the cover of the ready made foam cup.
  • How to make a cover for a foam cup.
  • Modeling of the separately cut cup.
  • Modeling of the open backs.
  • Modeling of the straps with complex forms.
  • How to alter  the pattern with separately cut cups for different body types.

Where to use:

  • The main agenda of this course is to deliver the technique of sewing open-back dresses with bodysuit base. This knowledge can be used in different combinations and gives you a wide range of opportunities for creating cocktail, evening, prom and wedding gowns.

Author: Tatiana Kozorovitsky

Total length: 2h 45m

Tutorial 22. Applying the Final Touches to the Dress.

Pictures of the Finished Garment.

I have carried out final fitting. The garment showed no flaws except for some minor technical moments. I have decided to re-stitch the straps a little closer to the centre because you could see the loops from the side view.

Let me say a couple of words about the skirt. 

As I have already mentioned, you can make the skirt removable by adding a waistband or a wide ribbon at the top. You could use a lace bias tape, too. What you need to do to make the skirt removable is put it on the client, mark its precise location and then sew snap fasteners or hooks onto it. The skirt is really lightweight and it'll hold well around the body.

I don't want to make my skirt removable. During the fitting I studied the dress on my client, determined necessary adjustments, and then marked the location of the skirt, pinned it onto the dress and overlaid it with lace. I sewed the skirt and the lace on by hand strictly after the markings I made during the fitting. I let the fabric lie naturally as I was sewing. It will get pulled on when in wear and the dress will fit like a glove.

Go creative with handwork: feel free to use beads, rhinestones or decorative flowers. You can overlay the seams that don't look even enough (if there are any). My dress features minimum handwork embellishments.

The only thing I find appropriate is to cover the very bottom of the back neckline with small lace motifs to disguise the elastic band even though it's a pretty scallop-edge one. I just want to create a more glamorous look. I sew those bits of lace on by hand as well.

That is it, the dress is ready!

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