The cutout trend is pretty big this season. There are slivers of skin peeking out in every direction (i.e. back, waist, midriff, chest and probably the easiest -- the shoulders).
For my way of embracing this trend, I decided to go with McCall's 6348, view A. Which seemed an easy enough way, because this dress is no more than a strapless dress with a shoulder attachment... in my opinion.
I used this great jersey fabric from Mood.com that's medium weight yet drapey and has a pretty decent recovery. For a woman that used to fear color and floral prints, I'll say that I stepped WAAAAAYYYYY outside of my comfort zone with this. A "daring" design and an explosion of color!
McCall's 6348 is another one of those awesome patterns that has the cup sizes. I cut the size 14 D at the shoulders and graded to a size 16 from the waist down. I probably could've gone with a full 14, but I didn't want the dress to be scandalously clingy. And I added three inches to the length. Being that the dress already had a good deal of exposed skin on the top, I didn't want it to be a mini. Got to know when to say "when".
To prevent any gaping, I stabilized the hems at the cutout. And I also tacked the front yoke to the bodice at the points where they meet. I wasn't convinced that it would stay in place without me doing so.
The front of the dress has horizontal dart and the back has a yoke and princess seams.
For an extra touch of pizzazz, I added an exposed zipper using this tutorial at Threads magazine.
And FYI: this dress is "bra-friendly". But I found that a demi-style bra worked best for me. A regular cut bra peeked out.