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Sew Caroline Tank Dress

Added Apr 1, 2014

by cashmerette

Boston, United S...






One of the joys of getting more involved in the sewing blogosphere (and before you ask, dear non-sewing-readers, yes there is one!) is getting connected to other folks all over the world who also spend their Friday nights hunched over a sewing machine. One of those lovelies is Caroline over at Sew Caroline, so when the opportunity came up to test her new Tank Dress pattern, I leapt at the opportunity! My first pattern testing, but hopefully not my last.

The Tank Dress is a super easy beginner’s pattern, a little like a long Colette Sorbetto without the front pleat. It has a deep scoop neck (unusually for me, I didn’t lower it, so it’s deep there folks), a shirt-style hi-lo hem, and an elasticated waist.

I made a few adjustments to the simple pattern: first, the elastic is the only shaping in the dress, but I knew that wouldn’t work for my bust, so I added in a bust dart and did a 1.5 inch full bust adjustment. It worked perfectly! (By the way, is anyone interested in seeing a tutorial on that? It’s pretty straightforward…).

I shortened the length by 3 inches and moved the level of the elastic up on the back by 2 inches – and to be honest, it probably should have gone a bit higher. I also moved the pockets up about an inch, and again they could have gone higher. So when you make this, I recommend sewing the shoulder seams first, trying it on, and then making sure that the height of all these elements suits you.

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Material Notes

Double gauze from DryGoodsDesign




Garment Type


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