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Sexy open back dress for summer.
I've been wanting to do this dress for a long time and I finally got around to doing it this past week. It's taken a lot of my time and energy and there are still a few things on it I'd like to fix. In all I am super proud of it and love thid dress. I took tons of pictures of the constrution and not all of them ended up here, I will post them to my blog so check back there too!

Posted by PinkWeeds from Omaha, Nebraska, United States • Published See PinkWeeds's 173 projects »
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  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start with a matching top and bottom set.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 2
    Step 2

    Begin by deconstructing the skirt- for me this meant removing the elastic band.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 3
    Step 3

    Remove the first tier of your skirt to use as your waist band.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 4
    Step 4

    Press press press! (you're basically going to be going back and pressing open everything so keep your iron up and ready)

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 5
    Step 5

    Measure about 3-4 inches above your navel and measure around yourself there. That will be your waist measurment. Cut your fabric inculding your seam allowances (for me this was an extra 2 inches)

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 6
    Step 6

    You're going to need a front and a back for your waist band- for me this just meant cutting my original waist band in half.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 7
    Step 7

    To make it possible for you to get into your dress, cut open the center back of both your waist bands.

    Serge the open ends or overlock using the zig-zag stitch on your machine.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 8
    Step 8

    I pressed my seams down with stitch witchery and then sewed down to secure.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 9
    Step 9

    Remove the gathering stitch from your origional skirt and press.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 10
    Step 10

    Cut open the center back of your skirt, serge the open end or overlock with your zig-zag stitch.

    Press your seam down with stitch-witchery and sew as you did before with your waist band.

    Then set your stitch length on your machine to the longest length and your tension to the hightest. Sew a straight line along the top of your skirt and you should get a gather.

    Fit your skirt to your waist band by pulling on the gather string until it is the right size.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 11
    Step 11

    Pin and sew the front and back of your waist band to the skirt of your dress.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 12
    Step 12

    It should look something like this when finished.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 13
    Step 13

    Next take out your top and mark out on the back. (note your shirt should be loose fitting on you).

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 14
    Step 14

    Cut the excess off of your shirt.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 15
    Step 15

    Next cut out along the marks you made before (be sure to only do this on the back and to leave seam allowance)

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 16
    Step 16

    Cut your back open.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 17
    Step 17

    Next, using your seam ripper take apart the pieces of your top.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 18
    Step 18

    Make sure that the two back pieces are the same and then using your scrap fabric and tailors chalk trace out two new pieces for the inside lining of your back.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 19
    Step 19

    cut your pieces out. Pin the right sides of your fabric together and sew along the outside curves.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 20
    Step 20

    Turn right side out and press.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 21
    Step 21

    Top stitch.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 22
    Step 22

    Sew the shoulder seams back together.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 23
    Step 23

    ...and the side seams.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 24
    Step 24

    Re-attach your sleeves.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 25
    Step 25

    Going back to your skirt, press down and in the top seam of your waist band.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 26
    Step 26

    Mark the center front of both your skirt and bodice and align them together.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 27
    Step 27

    Pin your bodice between the two pieces of your waist band.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 28
    Step 28

    also pin shut the side seam of your waist band and sew shut.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 29
    Step 29

    The last thing you will do will be to add buttons and button holes along the seam you created before with your stitch witchery and on the back of your bodice.

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 30
    Step 30

    back

  • How to make a button-up dress. Open Back Dress - Step 31
    Step 31

    before it was all sewn back together.

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Gabrielle
Gabrielle · 7 projects
thank you so much for such a detailed tutorial, much appreciated and i can't wait to start!
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Rissa Kid
Rissa Kid · Calistoga, California, US
This is an AMAZING dress! Thanks ever so much!
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Alf
Alf · Puerto Rico, Misiones Province, AR · 17 projects
I love the dress and the way it looks on you dont take me wrong lol you just look amazing in it great job you go girl.
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LastKoalaBear
LastKoalaBear · Vancouver, British Columbia, CA · 33 projects
it's to pretty! you did an absolutely amazing job!! Happy
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