Easy Tank Dress/Shirt
The materials needed is:
1 Tank Top – It can either be the jerzees kind or a spaghetti strapped one (They’ll both work)
1 Spool of thread that matches the tank or the fabric you will use.
1-2 yards of fabric that matches the tank you’re going to use (or you don’t have to match doesn’t really matter)
Sewing Machine (or a needle and thread)
You can either choose to repurpose a shirt that you have lying around that has been ruined on the bottom or one that you really just don’t care for anymore. I went to our local fabric store and they had the tanks on sale for 3 for $9 so that came out to $3 a shirt.
The fabric that I found was about $5.99 a yard and since my sister is a smaller person, 1 yard was enough for her. She is about 29-30″ around her waist. She is also about 5’5″.
So the first step you’re going to try on the shirt and choose about where you want the waist of the dress/shirt to go and mark it with a marker. You can choose to have it right under the breast to make it an empire waist which I have found that this particular type of dress looks better that way. But you can go with your natural waist.
I used a mat and a rotary cutter to cut the shirt in a straight line, you can use a regular pair or scissors. Make sure you cut the front and the back on the same line.
At this point you’re probably wondering how in the heck are you going to make the tube of fabric fit the shirt! It’s simple. I learned this process from my aunt, who is a wonderful seamstress. As you’re sewing you want the fabric of the skirt to be on the bottom so that as you’re sewing the tank to the skirt you want to stretch the tank almost as far as it will go to the skirt. Beware though, that you might overstretch and wind up with a huge lump in the last bit if you’re not careful so as you’re sewing just stretch the shirt halfway point to halfway point so that you’re stretching just enough and have an even looking ruffle in the skirt. You’ll notice that as you’re releasing the material after it’s been sewn that it begins to ruffle. This is normal and good.
After you’re finished sewing the tank to the skirt inspect the seam to make sure that you didn’t miss any spots and make sure that the thread isn’t loose anywhere. If you do see some loose spots just go back over that spot with your sewing machine. After you’re done doing that, you’ll have a hem to do at the bottom of the dress. I find that using an iron at the hottest setting possible for the type of fabric I’m using helps keep the hem in place and keeps it even when I’m sewing it.