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Sunflower Tank Dress

Added May 30, 2011

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






Many of us have nostalgia for the 70s, and this tiered Sunflower print dress fits right into that decade— but this pattern also has a lot of potential to be modern too, depending on how you style it. The fit is the best part, as the bodice is snug but the rest of the dress is roomy with gathered tiers for added drama. The racer back is also a welcome surprise. Go ahead— take a spin!

If you want to go all the way, try the floor-length Maxi Dress pattern. Alison picked up the sunflower printed cotton pictured above at Mood Fabrics.

Material Notes

Lightweight dress fabrics with some body.

Sefl: 140 cm (55 in) wide batiste: 1.90 – 1.90 – 1.90 – 1.95 – 1.95 m (2 1/8 – 2 1/8 – 2 1/8 – 2 1/4 – 2 1/4 yds). A small piece of inter-facing for bodice. 1 invisible zip, 40 cm (16 ins) long and a zipper foot. 5 buttons.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Preppy, Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Blends, Denim



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    Jul 26, 2011, 03.13 PMby zumurruda

    margif513, your comments made me think twice about making this beautiful dress but here are my two cents. I’m also in my early forties and not as toned as I would like, but I’m a pear shape so this type of dress will suit me I know because the upper part is tight and will look nice on my upper body while the tiers will hide my problem areas which tend to get toned and ‘untoned’ according to how much exercise I’ve been doing or not doing! Being a Muslim, I have to think quite a bit about the appropriateness of any garment I’m sewing or buying and I’m sewing this exactly as it is here. When I wear it to my in-laws, I’ll wear a long-sleeved shirt and yoga pants under it (I know, I know but I’ve always worn pants or something under dresses even as a little girl) and at home I can probably just wear it with a short-sleeved shirt or maybe even as it’s worn here! On the street where I live, I have to wear the all enveloping abaya or burka anyways and even if I visit a western country I still wear the burka, so I’m sure I can’t be arrested for indecency LOL!! As for it’s being appropriate age wise, I guess that can be quite a personal decision; I bought a similar dress with short sleeves and I thought it looked nice on me. Maybe you can sew a muslin and try it on and see if the style suits you.

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    Jul 18, 2011, 05.42 AMby zumurruda

    Beautiful dress!

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    Jun 6, 2011, 01.17 PMby margif513

    Greetings and Salutations! :^ D

    I absolutely love this sweet little dress!!! While I think it would be enchanting and delightfully cool; The style seems more suited to my daughter, D.I.L.,and nieces’(aged 2yrsup to mid 20’s) I’m not so sure how it would look on a mid-sized (Petite 8-10), mid-aged (LOL-44) woman…? Due to disabilities, I’m not as toned as I would like. (Who is as toned as they would like to be…..right!?!! but I would like to dress appropriately (and temperately!) for my size and age.(and not be arrested for public indecentcy)….. And also not dress like MY Mom or Grandma……LOL) Are other women finding the same difficulties? And more importantly do you think this frock would translate well??? Thank you and enjoy this beautiful day!!

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    Jun 5, 2011, 06.20 AMby rochelle49

    Also, If you make this for pregnancy, you might need to add elastic to the bodice back to allow for enlargement of the bosom.

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    Jun 3, 2011, 07.02 PMby pegcarey

    Looks very comfortable-perfect for the the hot days of summer!

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    Jun 1, 2011, 07.18 PMby tasnim80

    i like it .it’s very nice.

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    Jun 1, 2011, 01.32 PMby JanMadeIt

    I’m going to make one (some) of these. I’ll change the back to regular straight straps and make this part of my summer wardrobe. My grandmother used to wear “house dresses” to do her chores in. I think I just found mine. And I won’t have to change when I need to run to the store. Thanks so much!

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    Jun 1, 2011, 12.29 PMby lazyfeline

    i love this little dress, so free and energetic, but i’m 64 yrs old and don’t want to look like i’m trying to be a teenager. i may try it anyway and lengthen it some.

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    Jun 1, 2011, 07.21 AMby tokiji

    so cute!!

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    Jun 1, 2011, 12.33 AMby snpywds2c

    This pattern is perfect for my 12 year old. she is too big for kid sizes now, and most pattern are too grown up. we might even make a few tops —eliminating the ruffle.

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    May 31, 2011, 08.06 PMby Maria Antonietta Morelli Medaglia

    Really lovely!!!

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    May 31, 2011, 07.51 PMby beatrixdynamite

    I just picked up a bunch of poly cotton jersey and I am getting a serger for my birthday in a week. Think this pattern will be good for it?

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      May 31, 2011, 08.29 PMby alisondahl

      Hey beatrixdynamite— The pattern is meant for a woven or non-stretchy fabric that has some body— like cotton lawn, shirting or toile. I am not sure jersey would hold up to all of the tiny gathers in both of the tiers.
      I created a blog post which has a couple of Jersey dress patterns listed towards the end. Good luck!

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    May 31, 2011, 07.11 PMby holidaypepper

    This dress is adorable and looks like it could be easily transformed into maternity wear (of which I’m currently in need, yay!). Does anyone have any recommendations on what alterations would be required to make this work for maternity?

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      May 31, 2011, 07.32 PMby alisondahl

      I tried the dress on and think you could wear it as-is for the beginning of pregnancy… To make it fuller, I would widen the tiers directly beneath the bodice to create more gathers for room to grow. Congratulations on your pregnancy!

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      Jun 1, 2011, 01.20 AMby dawndesign

      You would also need to lengthen the centre front measurement to accomodate ‘bump’ and extend the under bust measurement for ease as your bust measurement will increase too!

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      Jun 2, 2011, 04.43 PMby holidaypepper

      Thank you for the recommendations!

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    May 31, 2011, 03.03 PMby sunnilj9

    I love the print you’ve used here! So pretty! I’m such a fan of the 70s and this is such a great retro flower childish look. Totally lovely!

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    May 31, 2011, 02.17 PMby wzrdreams

    I just love the print and the style… it’s so perfect for summer. Thank you for the detailed info and the back picture. Bravo Burdastyle!

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      May 31, 2011, 04.19 PMby burdastyle

      I’ll bet you can pick some up at Mood, they had a few rolls of it— but it’s not listed on their website. Hope you’re well ;)

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    May 31, 2011, 09.42 AMby postmodest

    the hat is exquisite! goes well with the dress

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    May 31, 2011, 09.29 AMby ichigogirl

    I do like the back of the dress (actually it resembles a dress by Madeleine Vionnet a lot, just that detail). Kind of classic.

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    May 31, 2011, 05.23 AMby vji

    very impressive

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    May 31, 2011, 02.40 AMby carolyn-s

    This fabric is so adorable! It is the perfect choice for this dress! I’ve made this same pattern up last summer, it is from the Burdastyle magazine 05/2010 I think? It is a lovely and very easy pattern. I changed the back bodice so my bra straps wouldn’t show…

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    May 31, 2011, 01.16 AMby chillwear

    I have to make this dress. Where is the fabric from, any info on this cute flower print?

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      May 31, 2011, 09.28 AMby ichigogirl

      Don’t know it they’ve updated and added but it’s in the description! Mood Fabrics, link in the text.

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      Jun 2, 2011, 04.04 PMby nelsonatmood

      We check to see if we had this available on our website but unfortunately it is not available anymore. We did however put together some some similar fabrics here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/3defm83

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