(Closed) Off-the-shoulder but higher in back?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Airbrush, or make the back higher?
    Airbrush : (3 votes)
    43 %
    Make the back of the dress higher to cover the tattoo : (4 votes)
    57 %
  • Post # 3
    671 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    Have you thought about a one-shoulder dress???

    Post # 4
    14183 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I can picture it in my head. How well can your friend sew? If it’s similiar to the original pattern, she could just adjust it–make it wider in the back, or do a whole new back by creating her own pattern. It’s not terribly difficult to do, but you do need more than basic sewing skills.

    Or, you could buy another pattern that has the back you want and splice them together. I’ve done that a few times–used the skirt from a dress I like and the top from another dress

    If the dress is lower in the back, you could add a lace panel or something–that could be pretty

    Post # 5
    687 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    There’s tons of great one-shoulder dresses out there, it’s thats a style you would consider!  I fell in love with that trendy element.. here’s a few to consider (even just for a pattern if you’re comfortable with your friend sewing it)

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    Post # 6
    2142 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    It’s not completely 50’s but the dress I am wearing (Bonny 7913) has a very high back (to the nape of my neck, shirring all the way up the back) but can be worn off the shoulder. Another to check out is Dolly Couture’s Edmonton which is very late 50’s. The key if you were to alter or draft the pattern yourself (or your friend) is that to be sure to create support for the fabric at the very top of the back through tension in the straps and a close fitting bodice so you don’t have a gape at the top.

    If she does not feel comfortable drafting or making that big of alterations (I am not sure how the back on your pattern is) but still want to sew, search the web for Simplicity or Hollywood brand patterns from the era. I know I’ve seen some while pattern shopping (I want to say Simplicity has a few).

    Post # 8
    1561 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    my dress was off the shoulder and pretty much covered my tattoo! it’s oleg cassini @ david’s bridal:

    Here’s the front:

    here’s the back – not super high (depends on on high your tattoo is. Mine is pretty high – but it might work!


    Post # 9
    2142 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @Statutory Grape: In that case you should be okay with the back, even alterations should’t be too much of a headache, just making sure the back ends at the top of the strap. If she has done theatre costuming then she should have no trouble with the alterations (as minor as they should be for that pattern).

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