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Sunday, March 25, 2012

How to make a lovely tank dress

This was such a fun and easy project! Here is how I did it:

 I bought 2 yards of fabric. Then I wrapped it around  my waist one and a half times and cut the excess.

Fold the fabric in half, you will have a long strip and you can even use the fold on the bottom for your hem, like a bubble hem. 

Sew two rows on the open edge of the fabric. This will be for the elastic so make sure you allow enough space for the elastic to fit through.

Next you will attach a safety pin on your elastic and pull it through the rows you just sewed.

 It will start to bunch up like this. Sew the elastic when you attach your fabric together. Sew the fabric together inside out this will make the skirt. 

I did hem mine because I am short. Otherwise, like I said above you can leave it like a bubble skirt.

Now you will have a skirt! 

Don't worry about the rough edges on the top the sash will cover them.

Using the leftover fabric you will make a sash. I didn't measure but it was about 4-5 inches across.
Sew the fabric inside out  and then hem the edges.

Next I tried on the dress and the tank top and made sure to place it where I wanted. I pinned it while I was wearing it (really carefully).

Then sew the tank top to the skirt and cut off the excess top material

You could attach the sash to the dress but I am happy just to tie it around the dress.

This was the first dress I have ever made! 

I have to say I quite proud of myself!


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4 Sisters @ bringingbeauty.blogspot.com said...

I can't believe this is the first dress you've ever made - you did a great job!

We have our first ever Beautify It Monday link party going on now and we'd love for you to stop by and link up @ bringingbeauty.blogspot.com

Megs said...

Love it! Very pretty :)

Pam said...

This is your first dress... impressive!!! Looks great on you. I do like the wide waist created by the sash. I would love for you to share this at our ongoing themed linky that's just for Women's Dresses...