I’m excited to finally share with you a project I put together before I went to Bali. The DIY Cross Back Dress. It was a design I had in my head for a while but couldn’t quite get right. I pulled my hair out a bit loved making it! Finally, here it is
After posting this inspiration, and seeing that you guys were totally on board with the cross back dress too, I pondered numerous ways to make this dress. I considered a button style, or straps that weren’t adjustable. But after thinking about it I realised a wrapped style would be easiest to make and wear, due to adjustable nature and the somewhat forgiving element of being about to tie it yourself.
So yes, I admit it’s not strictly a cross back dress (so sue me!), because I’ve essentially done two very long straps that allow you to cross over, wrap around the waist and then tie at your back. Meaning there are probably a few different ways to wear this… I’ll get back to you on that one! Read on for the steps.
Next, make your two long straps. To do this, simply iron in half lengthways and sew the sides. To create the raw edge, pull out a few layers of thread along the edge. You can of course make the straps without the raw edge by sewing the edges together and then turning the tube inside out.
The final step is to sew the bodice section to the skirt section. Simply stretch out the skirt and pin the bodice in place – you may want to try it on so that it’s in the right place. Then sew them together, with the bodice section underneath the skirt.
To wear the dress, just cross the straps over at the back, bring them around to the front and then tie them in a bow either at the front or the back. So easy!
On another note, I just love this rust fabric so so much. It’s funny because it’s not a colour I would have jumped on in the past but it’s really grown on me. I want everything rust now. Anyone else into it as much as I am?