Back Zip Bolero

I have altered many wedding dresses, but the alteration I’ve done the most is to add a top bodice and sleeves to strapless wedding dresses. It sounds easy but it really isn’t. A strapless dress is very fitted and the ease has been removed from the garment because all the moving parts of the body don’t have fabric. As soon as you add fabric to those parts you need to add some ease, which now makes the fabric you are attaching larger than the fabric you need to attach it to.

After a few fittings with each bride I would find the happy middle. Enough ease to move but not so much that it balloons out.

I thought to myself, how can I turn this into a ready to wear item. I tried some stretch fabric added a back zipper and created a bolero that you can slide under the dress.

Introducing my back zip bolero:


Coming soon:

PDF pattern in my Crafty and Etsy shops.

An online course for the pattern with fitting, sewing and enhancement videos to make the bolero look like it was part of the dress

Ready to Wear boleros in my Etsy shop.

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Sonia Valdez – Designer

This New Year brings a very big change for me. For 20 plus years I have been Sonia Barton. This year I will return to Sonia Valdez. It has been an interesting journey to say the least. I hope to emerge out of this pressure cooker as one expensive, very polished diamond.

This is a new blog for me but not my first. I seem to have left one heck of a digital footprint as I have gone through different season in my life.

My previous sites are still active, because if it is one thing I hate it’s a link on Pinterest that doesn’t work.

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I hope to provide you with tools and information that will help you explore and grow your talents.

~Sonia Valdez