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tank dress

You’ve maybe seen this fabric before, right?  Well, I saved what remains I had figuring it would be a cute top for my youngest someday.  But I decided to make it into a tank dress for my oldest instead! 

With all the shirring madness going around lately, I had just had to make another project.  I ended up sewing 8 lines of shirring to get the waist part of the dress and just tucked the store bought tank inside and sewed a line of stitching (also using elastic thread in the bobbin) on the top and bottom of the shirring rows. 

Nice and stretchy, and comfortable, we’re all about comfortable around here.

Finally, I finished it off by hand sewing on a little bit of blue trim to the neckline.  I should note here that it’s already made its way through the wash and well, I guess I need to refine my hand sewing skills because I had to re-tack down one end.  Nothing that couldn’t be fixed though. 

Perfect for kickin’ back on a nice summery day. 

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25 Responses to tank dress

  1. OrangeFarmhouse 06.30.2010 at 3:11 pm #

    What a wonderful things you are making for your girls! Hope that I can make them too some day. I’m still learning….
    And already finding lovely ideas on your blog.

  2. Sweetie Pie Bakery 06.30.2010 at 3:15 pm #

    I hope you haven’t packed away your cardigans! I had to put one on my daughter yesterday. I can’t believe it is June outside…Is this how summer always is in Wisconsin?

  3. Sweetie Pie Bakery 06.30.2010 at 3:16 pm #

    and ps/love the echino 😉

  4. Just me.....Shelly 06.30.2010 at 3:38 pm #


    {the dress AND the girl}

    love, love love!

  5. Jeannie 06.30.2010 at 3:46 pm #

    Your girls are so beautiful! how can anything not look good on them. I love the ease of that outfit!

  6. Vanessa 06.30.2010 at 4:07 pm #

    Ahh! You read my mind. I saw something similar at Old Navy and thought “I should make that” but I couldn’t quite wrap my head around how they put it together. Looks great!!!

  7. kirstin & jordan 06.30.2010 at 4:23 pm #

    love it!
    my sister always says that, if I only sew for one of them, to sew for her older daughter. that way keadryn can where it now and sayla can have it as a hand-me-down later. good theory. :)

  8. Ady 06.30.2010 at 4:47 pm #

    That looks so comfy! And that fabric is so pretty.

  9. Gigi 06.30.2010 at 5:05 pm #

    so adorable!!

  10. Emily 06.30.2010 at 5:29 pm #

    Love it!

  11. Sandy a la Mode 06.30.2010 at 5:45 pm #

    awwww this dress is soo very cute! love how you matched the fabrics together!

  12. Care 06.30.2010 at 5:46 pm #

    It’s perfect! I *LOVE* how you combined the shirring with the tank top! Definitely on my must-try list!

  13. Jess 06.30.2010 at 7:40 pm #


  14. A. 06.30.2010 at 8:38 pm #

    I love it!! Love the fabric (you can’t go wrong with Echino), love the shirring. It really is like a disease going around… I’ve caught the bug, too!

  15. Jenny 06.30.2010 at 9:56 pm #

    Very very cute! I love that echino fabric!

  16. La TempĂȘte 06.30.2010 at 11:03 pm #

    Love it. Super cute and looks comfy too.

  17. Stephanie 07.01.2010 at 1:50 am #

    That is adorable!

  18. coffeerocketfairytale 07.01.2010 at 7:03 am #

    Really really cute. I love the colours of the dress!

  19. Carla 07.01.2010 at 9:54 am #

    She looks great in the little dress! Way to go mom :o)

  20. Dahlia 07.01.2010 at 3:22 pm #

    Your girls are so lucky :) So shirring is basically just using elastic thread? I’m so looking for a tutorial and trying this out on something…neat!

  21. Mary 07.02.2010 at 9:35 am #

    I love that fabric – the colors are so gorgeous! Very cute dress!

  22. Florence 07.02.2010 at 3:09 pm #

    It’s gorgeous – I love the idea of mixing the t-shirt with the dress.

    Florence x

  23. ginger 07.05.2010 at 12:25 pm #

    I really like the scrapped-togetherness of this little dress. :)

  24. Delia 07.07.2010 at 9:17 pm #

    I love this look! So cute!

  25. Anna 07.31.2012 at 9:15 am #

    The fabric at the bottom is lovely

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