Project #SewMyStyle: Sewhouse 7 Bridgetown Backless Dress

by | May 17, 2017 | Dresses, Project #SewMyStyle, Sewing Projects | 4 comments

WHOOPS it’s May
WHOOPS it’s legit after mid May.

This should be an indication on how late on everything I am in my life.
Welll, I’m not late with THAT thing, but all non-biological things in my life are legit super behind.
#realtalk #3rdwavefeminism #womenbodiesareperfectmachines

Now, behold,…April #SewMyStyle look in all of its backless glory.

WEEOOOWEEEOOO! Y’all thought I was just living the lounge life when I made that bra the other day, right? Nah fam, I HAD A PLAN! A SNEAKY SNEAKY PLAN!
However, other than that sexy reveal, the rest of this journey is a legit struggs.

The Bridgetown Backless Dress and Tunic pattern is brought to you by Sewhouse 7, the same peeps that brought us the beloved toaster sweater and have some very enjoyable other patterns (I see you Tea dress and Nehalem Pants). However, and TRUST I am not throwing any particular shade, but I don’t know if this pattern is made for hennys with junk in the trunk and/or also are chubby on other places on their body. My hips are not lying in this dress, and what they are telling me is BITCH THIS DON’T FIT. It’s a real sausage in a sausage casing scenario over here.
WITH THAT BEING SAID, the real reason I cannot throw affirmative shade is that, as fucking always NATASHA, I definitely chose the wrong material for this dress. This IKEA Fabric, which rocked all of my socks off as a button-up, basically destroyed me for this pattern. It was way too see-through, which prompted the necessity for lining, which then made everything a bit too rigid to accomplish this patterns goal. Ah well, let’s chalk it up to another whoops for Natasha and move on.

Looking back at these photos, I can definitely see what I wanted this dress to be. A glorious summer maxi, but total Gothy summer chic. And let me tell you: gothy summer chic are my preferred adjectives IF WE ARE GOING TO BE REAL WITH ONE ANOTHER. In a drapier, more forgiving fabric, those kimono sleeves would look real cute with that bodice. Also, on a less ‘me’ of a body, that elastic waste tube skirt moment would also bring out a total ‘i’m casual but super stylish too’ vibe. Le sigh, when I look at these pictures of myself, I just get flashbacks to the sausage fit of the dress.

Now, you can all see my demise: my bemberg disaster (that sounds like a legit historical European tragedy though, am I right?…Ah, it’s probably because when I googled ‘bemberg disaster’ my google autofills to Nuremberg trials’ WHOOPS). OFF TOPIC. And we are back: that lining tho. I chose only to line the front bodice pieces and a mini of the skirt, in the hopes of keeping the draping effect. I also tried to rock some french seam action, but then was too lazy to figure out how to do french seams on the sleeves and ended up serging those puppies. Now, you can see how my sausage casing horror memory is EVEN MORE REAL with my personal skin-toned coloured lining. While we are on the subject of my general failures, can we talk about doing facings with lining fabrics? Ugh, the worst. I was very trepidatious during construction: first going through with a basting stitch before committing the real act, and there are still some issues with the outer material that make me go meh.
However, so does the rest of the dress, so I have put that issues on the bottom of the pile.

Now, I hope I didn’t spook you; I think this pattern would look absolutely stunning with two alterations: 1. more drape-y fabric 2. less overall hips. If you have those things, well then hot diggity dog: GET SEWING. Especially if you have a god damn RIGHTEOUS full-back tattoo, because then shit yeah this dress is excellent (ps. black and grey tattoos by Heather Mclean).
The pattern was super easy to complete, it is 5 pattern pieces, and just a few short steps, and you could be on your way to a very sexy backless moment.
I think once my hips/doughnut belly and I sit down and have a serious one on one chat about how I SHOULD be able to eat all of the things and yet they should go away forever, I plan to revisit this dress in a drapey tencel or rayon or a non-body-hugging knit.

Now, that blog post was worth the wait, right?
Let’s look forward to the May #SewMyStyle in, er, mid July?! #laaaawwwddddd




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  1. Potts

    You at hysterically funny. I will see you soon… your May dress????

    • Natasha

      hahah, mayyybe!!! Thanks Potts!

  2. paige @ very paige

    tube skirts are my asses nemesis for sure. That fabric is super cute, even though it doomed you from the start. Maybe you could hack it into a top to help with the tightness? Still cute though!

    • Natasha

      Dang! I never though about that! If I took off the skirt it could be boxy crop top realness. Not that those look good on me anyway, BUT I WILL KEEP TRYING! haha.


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