It's a variation of the full, gathered skirt, which I made in taffeta.
Pattern no. 7375 gives two very wearables - this time, a backless halter dress, an indispensable in any warm-weather wardrobe. Vogue chose a 39" silk with a two-way print because it's soft enough for pleasant fullness, opaque enough so you're decent without a bra, and because a pretty print is so much a part of the resort scene. - VoNBBS
Ah yes! The "resort scene," where I spend so much of my time. (Also, why does VoNBBS seem to think that "wearable" and "indispensable" are nouns? Hmph.)
The fabric is a silk/cotton blend from Mood, which I lined with cotton batiste.
So, techniques-wise, I made this a lot easier on myself than the taffeta skirt. I used minimal tailor's tacks, since I already had an idea of the pattern. I did the hem and gathering by machine. I don't think I did any hand basting - yay! It just wasn't necessary with this fabric. But this dress was interesting in its construction. It has two darts at the top of each halter piece - strange, since otherwise it is so unstructured.
Here it is in all its backless glory:
Don't laugh at me, but I don't think I would wear this out of the apartment. Yes, apparently I will post pictures of it on the internet, but I will not wear it outside. Don't worry, the irony is not lost on me. I wonder if it would it be defeating the purpose to wear it with a jacket. Can't you just see it with a little velveteen jacket? (Gawd, I'm starting to sound like VoNBBS!)
I'm also contemplating removing the halter portion and just making it a skirt. The design is, well . . . not very well thought-out in my opinion. A gathered, blouson-style backless halter? That's just asking for a wardrobe malfunction! Unless I stand up stick straight (which, I know, I should anyway), the sides of the front begin to gape.
It's kind of hard to believe this pattern is from 1952, isn't it? It just seems a little racy to me. (Yes, I know I sound like a prude. I just think perhaps the time for backless dresses in my life has passed.)
Oh, but on the bright side. Behold my new shoes!