For the past little while, I've been mildly obsessed (or is that an oxymoron?) with making a dress with cutouts in it. So when I got my hands on Vogue 6522, I decided to give it a go:
I'm going to take a guess that it's from the 60s. True to form, rather than selecting a pattern with one simple cutout for my first attempt, I decided to make one with seven cutouts; one at bodice centre front, two at the waist on either side, one on each shoulder, and two at the bodice upper back. I'm calling it the chakra dress because it has holes. For the name to be apt, though, there should be nine holes. But seven was all I had patience for.
For fabric, I used a nylon curtain in shades of silver stripes that I'd found in a thrift store. I don't remember where I found the bias binding with diagonal stripes in brown, cream and yellow.
It's turning out pretty well. Not especially neat, but well.
I bound the seven (seven!) cutouts by hand. That was a learning experience. Not so much tough as fiddly. The rest of the dress is pretty simple, thank heaven.
I've done everything except the binding on the neckline and armholes. For that, I want to use black bias tape, and I've run out of it. No sewing stores within striking distance, so I'll have to wait until somebody nice on Ebay sends me some in return for some cash.