I loev empire waistlines - I don't know how many times I can say that!! They hide the tummy pretty well...and this summer I'm all about halters and tubes...so please feast your eyes on these two pretty new backless halters that I constructed last night:
The first one was the easiest, a square and some pretty pink ribbons... The one under the bust continues around the back and closes at the side with a hook and eye.
The second one took a little more construction, but was well worth it. I love the white dots on the black that make up a pretty geometric pattern!
Any comments appreciated, and thanks for looking!
Tutorial for second backless shirt:
First, you need to start with a few measurements
~underbust (around entire ribcage)
~underbust (front area only)
~from underbust to where you want the shirt to sit
~over the fullest part of the bust (I measured mine from where I wanted to neck strap to start to the area under my bust)
~bust width (I don't know technical terms here)
Cut the following pieces out:
~To get the proper sizing, I used the measurement from over my bust on the two cups (plus seam allowance) and used the 90 degree angle from the fabric ege (Gave me lots of fullness - I'm sure you could modify the amount of material used for smaller-chested people)
~The waist-band was cut to the full underbust length (plus seam allowances) and about 4 inches wide.
~The neck strap was the same, just shorter (I cut mine long, and trimmed it down afterwards)
~The bodice front piece was the shorter underbust measurement by the desired length (plus seam allowances)
~Start by sewing (wrong sides out) the waist band and neck strap length-wise.
~Turn right side out, and press.
~Turn in the bottom edge of the bodice front piece, as well as the two side edges.
~Turn in the outside edges of the bust cups, leaving room at the top for the neck strap.
~Gather the rounded end together until it is will fit snugly under your breast.
~Pin bodice front onto waistband and sew together (right sides together). (I used some basic side release buckleshttp://www.seattlefabrics.com/images/siderelease.jpg
with a side attachement, rather than at the back)
~Find center of bodice front and place cups accordingly. Pin.
~Attach neck strap.
~Attach any closures that you wish to use. (I used some basic side release buckleshttp://www.seattlefabrics.com/images/siderelease.jpg
with a side attachement, rather than at the back for the bodice and again at the side of the neck for the neck, rather than a tie)
Finishing the edges, and putting the straps together:
Sewing the waistband to the bodice, and gathering the cups:
Sewing cups to bodice/waistband and adding neck-strap:
I hope this helps a bit! This is the first tute I've written, so if anyone has any way to simplify this, please tell me and I'll change things to make them easier to understand