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My Summer Tank Dress

At the height of Summer, I find myself reaching for simple silhouette dresses. After sewing up a couple Sommar Camisoles by Paradise Patterns (aka the most popular new pattern of this Summer), the obvious idea of making it into a dress popped into my head. I love the pattern’s stylish neckline and versatile built-in bra, so why not add a dress version to my wardrobe?

 In making this dress, I wanted to add details that really change the look of the everyday cami to a daytime summer dress. I added a gathered skirt with a curved seam line. The gather was about 1.6x. Overall, the modification wasn’t too complicated, but one thing I didn’t predict was that the skirt portion will pull down the top (makes sense though doesn’t it!). After the first go, I moved up the seam line an inch higher to account for this. This dress is also made in one size larger than my measurement size. I had already made a camisole in my size but opted to go up a size for this dress. In the end, I like that it feels more relaxed but still looks aesthetically fitted in the bodice.  

With a full look garment like a dress or jumpsuit, one element that I personally care a lot about is the weight of the final garment. I once made a baby doll dress with a very puffy skirt that was too heavy to wear after I added lining. The total weight of this tank dress is just right and it doesn’t need any lining – very practical!

With the fabric’s cotton spandex fiber makeup and weight, it’s probably one of the most versatile and easy-to-sew knits we carry. On top of that, most knit sewing patterns call for high recovery and stretch, and this really fits the bill. I hope you have as much fun sewing it as I did! 

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