Saturday, May 14, 2011

May 14

Here's what happened to the cutout back top that I previewed on my dress form a while back. This top is the practice round of a dress idea that I've been wanting to work on.

I used Elaine May's Coffee Date Dress pattern from BurdaStyle to get started. I used the bodice front as is, but altered the back to have cutouts and buttons. I finished the edges with bias binding. The fit isn't quite right and I don't like the darts on the front, so I may go with a different pattern to make the actual dress.

I used some buttons and fabric that were already in my stash. I didn't have enough fabric for a skirt, so I added the silly little peplum. The result: a shirt that looks like something I would have worn as a six year old... but it's kind of fun too.

Photos by Bennett.


  1. I think its pretty cute! Can't wait to see the final dress!

  2. this is really nice. the back section is well executed and the peplum adds a nice touch to the top. Great!

  3. sooo cute! you did a wonderful job on the back and I totally agree with Angie! CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE DRESS!!! :)

  4. Super cute shirt... in light of this post, I felt like I should pass along a post about a casting call for a Project Runway-type NBC show:

    Just in case...

    I also cannot wait to see the dress.