Friday, April 19, 2013

Maxi Tank Dress

Sorry for the long silence over here. My last project (not blogged) left me defeated and sucked up my sewing mojo for a few weeks. It's dull and boring so I don't feel like blogging it.

Although the temperatures can't decide if it's Winter or Spring around here- I'm jumping into my warm weather sewing.
This dress was super fast and easy. I think it took me about 2.5 hours after cutting it out. There's really nothing to it. Just 2 pieces and minimal seams.
I used a jersey from Unfortunately it looks like it is sold out. I love the pretty earth tones in the print.
I made view D, the version pictured on the model. FYI... the envelope is a little deceiving unless you are good at paying attention to details- which apparently I am not. I assumed all of the views had the slight racer-back style which is what I had wanted. However, only upon closer inspection did I realize that it is view E and F that have the racer-back. I didn't even notice this until I had it all sewed up so there was no point in going back.
The pattern instructions would have you do a narrow hem on the neckline and arms. Whenever I attempt this on knits, it does not turn out well for me. It ends up looking sloppy and homemade. Instead, I finished these edges with seam binding.
I cut one size smaller than the pattern recommended- my usual adjustment. I did have to cut about 3 inches off the length to avoid stepping on the hem. My one complaint is the neckline ends up being a little too wide and/or low on me. When wearing a normal bra, I had to constantly hike up the dress so my bra wasn't showing. I will need to wear a tank under the dress to remedy this. Just something you may need to consider if your bust is on the smaller side.
Overall, I am happy with the finished dress. It is easy to wear, comfortable, and looks great!
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  1. Nice dress. I have this pattern, just not sure when I will make it up!

  2. This looks nice! Those sewing failures are the worst, but it looks like you made up for it with this one!

  3. Very attractive. I love the way the colors blend yet standout. Great fabric choice.
    This in on my list to make for a gathering in June. Thanks for your insight on pattern details.

  4. Love this maxi! I made it for someone else last summer but Im going to make myself one for a cruise. Yours turned out nice...flattering : D

  5. Really cute- and it will be great for summer (if it ever comes). I'm ready for the snow (and wind) to be over. But since I'm sure the wind will continue for at least another month, I worked on a maxi dress this weekend, too! Nothing beats a maxi dress when it comes to high winds and preventing a Marilyn moment.

  6. Very cute dress! Love the fabric! It's look fantastic on you! Hopefully this has got you back on track for sewing more fabulous items. :)

  7. very pretty, I've been meaning to make a tank maxi dress since ages...!!! just one thought or question... u would know that usually the pattern envelopes have the body measurements for each size on the back, I made a few dresses for my mum over the last few months and she is a size 12 bust, 14 waist and 12 hips but length is a 16! I find it easier to just trace the patterns recording to her meassurements, safes me altering a standard sized pattern after (-;