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Girls Tank Dress

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If you're not sure what to do with old T-shirts, try turning them into cute dresses, perfect for the summer! This Girls Tank Dress tutorial from Victoria Lavertu will show you everything about how to sew a dress and ways to create dress patterns for sewing. This dress is surprisingly simple to make, and a great way to recycle clothes.

Girls Tank Dress

Materials: 

  • An existing tank top (works well with a too small tank top that is too short but still fits fine on top)
  • Fabric for the skirt portion
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread
  • Scissors and/or rotary cutter and mat
  • Iron
  • Measuring tape

Instructions:

  1. Measure how long you want the tank top portion of the dress to be. It should hit around where the waist is. Mark this on both ends of shirt.
     
  2. Cut a straight line across the shirt at your markings with scissors or a rotary cutter.
     
  3. Lay your fabric piece along the bottom of your top piece and measure how wide your fabric will need to be. Be sure to add extra for seam allowance.
     
  4. Cut your fabric, then zigzag or serge all sides to prevent fraying.
     
  5. Fold the bottom part of the skirt part for a hem and iron.
     
  6. Sew your hem, then press with an iron.
     
  7. Meet up your two short ends of the fabric piece and sew together for your side seam.
     
  8. Press your seam with an iron.Your bottom portion is done, now you can attach the two pieces. Tuck the top into the skirt piece.
     
  9. Start pinning together. It's easiest if you line up the hems of the skirt and top parts first.
     
  10. Keep pinning around. There will be excess of skirt compared to the top, remember, to add some volume to the skirt.
     
  11. Sew your pieces together.
     
  12. Iron the seam upwards.

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