Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A swimmy tank dress

I bought a swimsuit knit without realizing it was a swimsuit knit. Am I the only one who's ever done that?? I shop the sale bins at Denver Fabrics and things aren't labeled in there, or categorized, so my thoughts were, "hmmm, this is soft and feels nice, I like the print and I think it would be nice and cool as a dress". Then I got it home and realized it was much heavier than the other knit fabrics I'd bought that day and it occurred to that it was meant for bathing suits. Duh.

But, I didn't let that stop me from making it into a dress :) You really can't tell it's swimsuit fabric and it really does keep me cool, so there.
Not the best picture. It was raining. I was in a hurry.
I bought McCall's 6559 for the awesome tie front cardigan, which I'll be making many of in the Fall, I think! I didn't plan on making the tank dress until I noticed it was a racerback style, which I love! Then it occurred to me that it would be perfect for this fabric, since there are few seams and so it wouldn't be too heavy.
(Side note, forget the pattern, where can I get that amazing fabric the model is wearing?????)

I think my dress turned out cute and comfortable.
You can read my review of this pattern here.

I bought a couple of the new New Look patterns today (after finishing up the passport application process--whew! That was a big deal!) and I think I have my sewing mojo back. I have a skirt cut out and a couple dresses for the girls in the works too! I'm hoping for a trip to Denver Fabrics this weekend, so that should put me back in the game even more.

I'm particularly looking forward to sewing this one up! I love what they did with the grey and white stripes! If I could find that same fabric, I'd copy it exactly :)

What I'm lacking is everyday clothes. I've made plenty of church dresses, so I need to lay off those for awhile and make some everyday clothes and dresses. That's what I'll be focusing my sewing on. What about you?


  1. Ah! I have 5 yards of Buddha print swimsuit material lurking in my textile hoarding closet just taunting me for my foolish purchasing! Now I know I can make it work! I love your dress!

  2. This is really cute. I wanted to see this version of this pattern made up and yours does not disappoint. Nice!