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. 

25 thoughts on “tank dress

  1. 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. 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. and ps/love the echino ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. CA-UTE!

    {the dress AND the girl}

    love, love love!

  5. Jeannie says:

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

  6. Vanessa says:

    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. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Ady says:

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

  9. Gigi says:

    so adorable!!

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

  11. Care says:

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

  12. Jess says:


  13. A. says:

    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!

  14. Jenny says:

    Very very cute! I love that echino fabric!

  15. Love it. Super cute and looks comfy too.

  16. Stephanie says:

    That is adorable!

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

  18. Carla says:

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

  19. Dahlia says:

    Your girls are so lucky ๐Ÿ™‚ So shirring is basically just using elastic thread? I’m so looking for a tutorial and trying this out on something…neat!

  20. Mary says:

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

  21. Florence says:

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

    Florence x

  22. ginger says:

    I really like the scrapped-togetherness of this little dress. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Delia says:

    I love this look! So cute!

  24. Anna says:

    The fabric at the bottom is lovely

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