Sometimes the opportunity to try something new presents itself so perfectly that it would be downright rude to deny it. Or at least that’s how I’m spinning this one.
Last month we celebrated the birthday of one of our neighbors. An adorable, happy nugget who I seriously have to contain myself from squeezing and tickling every time I see her. There was no expectation of a gift but I couldn’t help but see it as an opportunity to give this project a try. If it didn’t work, then there would be no gift. If it worked, bonus!
Enter, the tank-top-turned-dress dress. It took only a small investment in a store-made tank top (thank you, Old Navy summer sale!) and about a half-yard of coordinating fabric (less if you’re not making a double-layer skirt). And the sewing was all straight stitches and a gathering stitch. A whole lot of cute for not too much work.
I wasn’t sure how it would work to add a woven skirt to a knit tank top, since the tank fabric is much stretchier than the skirt, but so far everything is holding up. In that regard, I suggest using a zig zag stitch to attach the skirt to the knit tank, so the stitching won’t bust when pulling the dress on/off.
Of course I had to share some of this cuteness with my own nugget!
The skirt fabric is from the Heaven & Helsinki collection by Patty Young for Michael Miller Fabrics. I adored this city block fabric when I first purchased it, but then it just sat on my shelf, half-forgotten. Boo hoo. When I saw the aqua tank at Old Navy, I instantly remembered this fabric — fate! It makes me so happy to see it on this dress now.
I used my serger to finish the raw edges where the two skirt layers were attached to the tank, and the bulk of the serged seam gives the skirt some unintentional pouffiness. I suppose I could have taken the next step and pressed and topstitched that serged edge down to flatten it, but I think the extra fullness looks pretty cute, and the bulky seam doesn’t seem to bother my daughter when she’s wearing the dress.
It’s possible I scored a few more tees and tanks at the Old Navy sale, so this look may become a summer staple in our house!