This TBT thing… not something I’ve ever participated in. But then I realized, I have years of sewing to share and what better way to keep track than picking random projects every once in a while?
I have to start with my favorite make ever. The Patterns for Pirates Sweetheart Dress is super cute and surprisingly versatile. It was actually one of my first knit sews!
Then I was invited to a wedding and needed a pretty dress! The fun begins here. I decided to make one small change to have a strappy back of my dreams!
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Did I mention it was a twirly dress? Every lady needs a twirly dress!!!!
Some super quick instructions for anyone who would like a similar back…
From the pattern, you need the skirt, the front tank piece and the lower back piece. I then cut twelve 1″ wide strips that were way longer than I needed and a facing for both the front and back pieces. (If you need help with these steps, leave a comment!)
I sewed the strips together to make six tubes, then turned them right side out.
Sew straps to the front tank, as central as possible. Mine are slightly overlapping! Then sew the facing to the front. I sewed over the straps a few extra timesfor extra security.
On the back, I laid out the straps in the pattern I wanted.
I played with placement a bit and what worked for me might not work for you! My first strap was 1/2″ from center, then 2″ between each strap.
Sew the back facing on, making sure to secure the straps! I added elastic to the back to help prevent gaping and support this very heavy jacquard double knit fabric! (How gorgeous is this texture?)
Sew sides seams together, and understitch as far as you can.
From here, you can finish the rest of the pattern as per the tutorial.
Now you can have a twirly, strappy dress as well! Who has a fun event to wear it for and can I come with? 😆
PS: I did get to wear this to the a ridiculously fun wedding! It was perfect!!
Pick up your copy here – Sweetheart Dress
Virginia is wearing an Essential Tank Dress – Essential Tank
Both fabrics are from Fabric Mart which is a wonderful company. You should check them out. 😉