Today I want to show you how you can use your Simply Summer Racerback Tank pattern, and turn it into a cool and breezy dress. This method works for any top or tank pattern, in any size!
Take the front and back of your pattern, and fold up the bottom to where you want the bodice to end. You can choose empire waist, natural waist, or a dropped waist.
For this tutorial I chose to end my bodice at the natural waist. You can hold the pattern piece up to your child, or estimate using this diagram. The red lines on the pattern piece below is where I ended the bodice.
Measure the bottom of your pattern piece (12″ for size 5). Multiply this number by 1.5. This will be the width of your skirt panel. For less gathers, multiply by 1.25. For more gathers, multiply by 2.
Determine your desired length of the skirt. Add 1″ for a hem. This will be the length of the skirt panel. Cut two of these panels. You can use woven or knit fabric. I cut mine 18″ long.
Sew your tank as indicated in the pattern. To add some interest, I added a simple band down the center front with 3 snaps.
Sew two skirt panels at sides, right sides together. Gather the top of the skirt to fit the bodice.
Sew skirt to bodice, right sides together.
Press seam up and topstitch if desired.
And you are done! Easy peasy!
Perfect for playing in the yard…
Hint: you can do this with any store bought tee or tank too! Such a quick sew, and perfect for beginners!