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Beautiful back dresses: Optimum

I have a weak spot for sewing patterns with a beautiful back. Remember this dress, and the beautiful back of this swim top. For this year I had a few summer dresses on my to sew list with beautiful backs. The first one I sewed was the Optimum Racerback dress from Sofilantjes*. It is such a beautiful simple dress, which is also a quick sew. It took me the most time to decide how many skirt parts I would sew.

During The Night of the Fabrics I discovered the fabric store Juels. Their fabrics are right up my alley, bright and colourful. Shortly after my first order I was one of the lucky sewers to win fabric as part of their seamstress search. I knew the optimum racerback dress would be a perfect match with the hummingbird fabric print. Our girl loves the print!

The eye-catcher of this dress is the back. I love the look of the back and it sits very nicely, no gaping at the back. The skirt of this dress can be sewn with 3 or six pieces (or combined these). I wanted just one blue piece at the side (I love an asymmetrical look), which means I cut 2x the 3-parts skirt piece and 2x 6-parts skirt piece (1 in blue and 1 in the main fabric). To finish the skirt I used a rolled hem. I used this thicker overlock thread (second cone from the right) to make it stand out more.

Fabric: Hummingbird and Lily from Juels and blue uni fabric from de Stoffenstraat
Pattern: Optimum Racerback dress from Sofilantjes
Sizing: 12M – 14Y
Options: skirt with 3 or 6 pieces (and mix and match these, so in total 5 different options)
Difficulty: Intermediate

#sew20challenge 2/20

Items in 2021: 48
# Fabric this post: 0 in – 2 out (Total fabric in 2021: bought 55 new fabric – used 61 fabric – 42 scrap pieces – 2 gifted fabric) – in total 55 in 61 out
# Patterns in 2021: 6 in – 6 out

* Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links”. This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission, the price for you will be the same, it doesn’t cost you anything extra. Thank you for supporting my hobby and my fabric and pattern addiction

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