Beating The Heat With A Gift of Fabric !
Here's the back...I managed to place the motifs where I wanted them
The fabric is a very cool, very lightweight, rayon that is very noodly (a technical term that means it slides and moves a lot). The fabric also frays mercilessly. Stabilizing with starch before sewing helped and using clean finish French seams throughout ended the fraying problem for the future. I really love the professional look that French Seams give a garment and I also love not having to worry about any further fraying. I cut very carefully, sewed slowly, did a lot of hand basting in order to better match the patterns. Before sewing I stabilized the neck, shoulders and armholes with a lightweight interfacing. You can see how easily it frayed in the image below..this was with careful handling...
Below: I tried to make the side seams interesting by carefully cutting and hand basting the designs to mirror each other.