Racerback paneled dress


Let's draft together the pattern of this amazing evening dress.

The form-fitting shape is highlighted by the panel cuts that shape an hourglass figure. The perfect fabric is something flowy as this medium weight satin, or crepe (either in silk, viscose, or blended).

Remember to support the front neckline with a lightweight interlining and/or a staytape in the seam.

Start from a fitted dress (with zero or minimum wearing ease) with darts.

Step 1

First, draw the new neckline on both front and back. Front neckline is lower then bust level, back is quite open. We suggest to keep the shoulder 3-5cm wide.

Shape center back both at waist and knee by 1,5-2cm inward.

Shape the skirt by tapering 2-3cm at knee from side seams and flaring 10-15cm at hem. Draw the back train by flaring center back by 15-20cm and extending it by 20-25cm.

Step 2

Cut through the lines to keep the new back and front pieces. Now you’re ready to draw the style lines.

Step 3

Start from the curved lines on the bodices. Notice that the waist darts are discarded into the cuts, so they are slanted. Try to keep their volume even to the original ones.

Once you’re happy with the curved lines, draw the slash lines on the skirt.

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