Sewing Circle: Modifying patterns for backless dresses
Q: I'd love to make this adorable ASOS dress. Unfortunately, they're sold out in my size :/
A: Wow, you're adventurous! I don't have any backless dresses myself, but I have some ideas for you.
For the ASOS dress, I would use Simplicity 1913 for the front of the bodice--it has the right princess seams...
...and for the back I would use Simplicity 2444, Simplicity 1873, or, for a slightly looser shape, Simplicity 2215.
I offered similar tips to my friend before she cut down the back of her mint dress. It’s really as easy as it sounds—when cutting out the dress (cut the lining out first), cut down the shape you want, accounting for the seam allowance. On the V-back, it’s even easier; you’re basically just making the back of the neckline super low, to the point where there’s no zipper on the bodice part, of course. So cut down from the shoulder seam using a straight edge, to the waist, and sew right sides together with the lining, so you’ll use your normal seam allowance. As long as you’re cutting out a size that you know fits, it should work out just great!
Readers, have you ever made a backless dress?? I never have! They look like fun, though, if you're not worried about not wearing a bra! ;) Would love to hear your tips for Jennie or your experiences with backless dress-making.