Hi there! I'm planning on making this
dress from the manga Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives, and I'm running into some issues design-wise. I have the basic concept and most of the details planned out, but the straps somewhat confuse me. The dress is two parts: an underbust corset-type piece with a pleated skirt attached and zipper embellishments, and a ripped long sleeve shirt. The straps attach to the midsection of the corset part just under the arms, and cross in the back (as seen here
at the bottom of the panel). Because of the way the straps are as well as the very fitted top of the dress, I'm not sure how I would be able to get into it, considering that a zipper in the back doesn't seem to work design-wise. I was thinking of maybe using hook and eye closures on the back of the straps so that they are removable in the back, which would mean that a zipper could be put in. Let me know what you think! Thank you!
P.S. It may be hard to see where the dress ends and the shirt begins due to the heavy shading, but these are the best pictures I have.
Final ref picture: here.