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The Tank Dress Sewing Pattern by Sew Caroline

The Tank Dress Sewing Pattern by Sew Caroline

Last week, I took some time away from obligatory sewing and pattern design to do some pleasure sewing – you know, making something for myself just…because. No blog post due, no occasion that demands a new outfit, no self-imposed deadline. Just sewing for fun. That really is the best kind, right? Sometimes I forget that. I start hating sewing when it becomes a chore, and that’s when I know I need to just pick a pattern I like, buy a couple yards of fabric and RELAX.

The Tank Dress Sewing Pattern by Sew Caroline

I chose The Tank Dress by Sew Caroline. I have had this pattern in my stash since its release, but I just haven’t gotten around to sewing it. I’m so glad I did though because it was an absolute dream to make. My always-in-flux measurements (thanks, babies) at the time of this post are 34-26-36 which put me smack dab in the middle of an XS and S. I went with the small, but looking at these photos, I *think* I could have gone down to the smallest size? Or maybe an XS at the chest graded out to a S at the hips. Either way, I feel really cute and comfortable in this dress as it is.

I chose to do the pockets (which I never do), but I don’t know that I’d do them next time. I know some people are all about the pockets. ALL the pockets, ALL the time, right? They’re just not really me. I find they’re usually more of something to get bunched up unattractively on my hips instead of something useful. You’ve seen my phone, right? It’s huge – like a mini laptop. It doesn’t fit in pockets. And I always have a huge-ass diaper bag over my shoulder. So pockets? Meh. If I did do them again, I’m probably sew them down to the front of the dress so they stay put. But that’s just my own personal preference. All you pocket people can start hating on me now.

The fabric is a nice linen blend from Jo-Ann. All you fiber purists can dis on linen blends all you want to, but this laundry-hating mamma LURVES some wrinkle-free garment care. And that’s what this fabric delivers. Deeeeeeee-vine.

The Tank Dress Sewing Pattern by Sew Caroline

I love this pattern and can see myself sewing lots of these for easy summer wear. I think my favorite thing about it is that I can bend over and move around without showing my butt, but the shirt-tail hem gives the illusion of a shorter dress (which I like). I also love that there’s nothing binding on me anywhere – the waist is nipped in, but it’s not tight. It was also super easy-to-sew. I followed the instructions exactly except that I did a narrower hem – 1/4″+1/4″ instead of 1/2″ + 1/2″. Oh, and I used 1/2″ elastic at the back waist instead of 3/4″ because…ahem…that’s what I had on hand.

…and I love it!

Have you made The Tank Dress by Sew Caroline yet? What do you have on the pleasure sewing docket? 


  • Caroline

    Love the fabric you chose! Thanks for writing about my Tank Dress! Looks so fabulous on you, as everything usually does ;) XOXOXO

    • Lauren Dahl

      Oh, thanks so much, Caroline!! I definitely have some misses, but this one was a winner! xoxo

  • Mary

    You know I actually like learning that are some acceptable fabric choices at JoAnn’s. I love your dress and miss the days when I could rock a mini skirt!

    • Lauren Dahl

      Yes, they definitely have some good things. You just have to look for it a little! :)

  • Juliette Bonnin Lanvers

    very nice! the style suits you. I was thinking of using the wiksten tank pattern for the same style, since I have already altered that pattern!

    • Lauren Dahl

      I still need to make a Wiksten tank… I love that pattern on other people!

  • Sophie Crespy

    I love it! I am looking for a summer dress pattern and I am hesitating between this one and the Staple dress my April Rhodes. but your take looks great and it makes me think this dress would suit me as I have almost the same measurements as yours. mmmm.. pondering!!:) love your fabric too!

    • Lauren Dahl

      I think either would be great on you! Both great, simple patterns with excellent results. :)

      • Sophie Crespy

        thanks Lauren!

  • Nakia

    The dress looks great on you! I hear you on the pockets. I’ve got extra wide hips and all pockets do is draw more attention to them. My pleasure sewing this week is a wardrobe full of Staple Dresses because I’m in sore need of comfy dresses for an upcoming vacation.

    • Lauren Dahl

      Oh nice – I have that pattern, too…super comfy and easy to make! Love it!

  • Maddie Flanigan

    Love how you made time last week to sew for yourself :)

    • Lauren Dahl

      Gotta do it sometimes, right?!

  • KZ

    It turned out great! I love the fabric choice :)

    • Lauren Dahl

      Thank you so much! I love the fabric, too.

  • Amy mayen

    Not sure if I can read your blog anymore, if you don’t like pockets. That’s a deal breaker.

    Jk! Great dress, now it want the pattern:)

    • Lauren Dahl

      Hahaha! Too funny! #sorrynotsorry ;)

  • Renee //nearestthepin

    Gorgeous Lauren! Wouldn’t carrying keys, phones or whatever in such lightweight fabric cause the dress to pull down on one side?? Sometimes nice to have somewhere for your hands though. Next on my sew for me list are about 3 versions of the Foxglove – hopefully they’re not too far away…

    • Lauren Dahl

      I don’t really use the pockets for anything other than my hands, really. So it should be fine. :) Thank you!! xoxo

  • Diane

    The dress looks great on you and I like the fabric you used! I may have to give this one a try.

    • Lauren Dahl

      Thanks so much, Diane!