I’ve never really been one to wear sundresses – mostly because I don’t really like dresses. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve sort of wanted to try wearing more dresses.
This is a great tutorial from mellysews.com for a bow back sundress; and I think I’ll be giving it a try this summer.
In a hot summer like we have in Texas, this open back catches the breeze. But the wide straps and the bow mean you can still wear a regular bra. And dress it up with the right accessories and it is perfect for a summer wedding.
To make your own, first you’re going to need a tank top pattern. There are several ways you could get one if you don’t have one. One way would be to rub off a pattern from a tank top you own, using this method. Another option would be to start with a bodice pattern, maybe even the free one from this post. You’ll want to cut the seam allowances off the armscyes. (Don’t know what armscyes are? Check this post).
If your bodice has a front bust dart, you’re going to want to to close it. To do this, you cut a slit in the pattern, then rotate the dart closed. This will make the side seam flare out, and you can continue this flare for an A-Line style dress.
Here’s the Article:
Bow Back Dress Tutorial – (30) Days of Sundresses Day 1