Friday, April 22, 2011

Girls Tank Dress Tutorial

I really thought I wasn't going to be able to write any posts this weekend with Easter celebrations and family gatherings and all.  BUT I couldn't wait any longer to post this tutorial.  I guess when I do a project that I love, I get overly excited.  HA!  I'm strange, I know.  
Well, I have for you today a wonderful little tutorial of how to make a girl's tank dress.  You know those adorable dresses out there like this:
So I decided to whip one up for my darling little girl who loves her some dresses!  Want to make one?
This is what you'll need:
an existing tank top (works well with a too small tank top that is too short but still fits fine on top)
fabric for the skirt portion
sewing machine
coordinating thread
scissors and/or rotary cutter and mat
measuring tape

I took an tank top from last year that still fit well around her arms...
 and some fun cotton fabric to use for the bottom of the dress.
First, you'll need to measure how long you want the tank top portion of the dress to be.  It should hit around where the waist is.  Mark this on both ends of shirt.
Cut a straight line across the shirt at your markings with scissors or a rotary cutter.
Lay your fabric piece along the bottom of your top piece and measure how wide your fabric will need to be.  I added a few inches to get the skirt portion to poof out a little.
Be sure to add extra for seam allowance.  I folded the fabric piece so I would only have one side seam.
 I, then, used an existing dress to see how long the dress would be.   Again, add a little for seam allowance. 
 Now you have the measurements you need for the skirt part, you can cut your fabric.  Then zigzag or serge all sides to prevent fraying.
 Fold the bottom part of the skirt part for a hem and iron.
 Sew your hem, then press with an iron.
 Now you can meet up your two short ends of the fabric piece and sew together for your side seam.
 Press your seam with an iron.
 Your bottom portion is done, now you can attach the two pieces.  Tuck the top into the skirt piece like this.
 Then start pinning together.  It's easiest if you line up the hems of the skirt and top parts first.  
 Keep pinning around.  There will be excess of skirt compared to the top, remember, to add some volume to the skirt.
Sew your pieces together.  (My favorite part.. the coming together of the dress.. so magical..) 
Lastly, iron the seam upwards.   
 That's it!  You're done!
 Get your little princess to model her fun, new tank dress.

Hope it makes sense to you all.  Enjoy!!
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Analog Girl said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so cute! My daughter has been begging me to sew her shirts to a skirt. I am bookmarking this! The closest thing I have done is a t-shirt dress that looks too nightgowny.

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks!! T-dresses are pretty fun and cute to do, I did one here, you should check it out. Good luck and have fun!

Megan said... Best Blogger Tips

she looks so cute! this is a great idea for a fun, quick dress.


Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks, Megan!!

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Very nice! I'd love for you to link up at Inspire Me Mondays.

Jan said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh man, this is by far the cutest t-shirt dress I have ever seen!

New follower. :)

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

thank you, Jan!! So glad to have you!