How to make a lace-up back dress

You can make a simple dress from a multitude of sewing patterns and add a lace-up back for an elegant finish. Make the dress a conservative fashion piece with a back that laces closed or show a little bit of skin with an open back that is held together with the laces. For an ultra-sexy dress, add a lace-up back to the dress that begins below the waistline and travels all the way up the dress.

Trace the dress pattern onto the fabric of your choice with a piece of chalk and cut out the pieces of the dress. Sew the dress together according to the pattern instructions.

Turn the dress inside out and lay it on a flat surface with the back of the dress facing upward.

Find the centre of the dress and draw a line with chalk, starting 75 mm (3 inches) below the waistline to the very top of the dress. Measure the length of the chalk line.

Cut open the dress along the chalk line.

Fold over the opened fabric onto the wrong side of the fabric so that the back of the dress makes a "V" shape to expose as much skin as you are comfortable showing. Pin the fold in place and cut off all but 50 mm (2 inches) of the folded fabric. Sew the folded fabric in place using a straight stitch.

Cut two pieces of fusible interfacing that each measure 50 mm (2 inches) wide by the length of the chalk line. Place the fusible interfacing along the fabric edges of the "V" shape on the wrong side of the fabric. Use an iron to fuse the interfacing to the dress. This will reinforce the edging for the eyelets.

Make small dots along the "V" on the wrong side of the fabric and approximately 12 mm (½ inch) away from the edge. Make the dots approximately 37 mm (1 1/2 inches) apart.

Use the end of a pair of sharp scissors to puncture a small slit through each dot.

Insert the bottom piece of an eyelet through one of the slits from underneath the fabric. Place the metal disc tool under the bottom piece of the eyelet and place the top piece of the eyelet through the slit from the top of the fabric. Hammer the eyelet pieces together. Repeat this step to add an eyelet to each of the slits in the back of the dress.

Thread a long piece of 12 mm (½ inch) wide ribbon through the eyelets on the back of the dress.

Try on the dress and tie the ribbon in a bow. Cut the ribbon to your length of preference. Remove the dress and apply a little bit of fray preventing treatment to the ends of the ribbon.

Things You'll Need

  • Dress pattern
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Chalk
  • Sewing machine or needle
  • Thread
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Sharp scissors
  • Eyelets
  • Eyelet metal disc tool
  • Hammer
  • 12 mm (½ inch) wide ribbon
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