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Date: 7/3/11 8:29 AM

So, what is the best tank dress pattern out there?

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Date: 7/3/11 8:48 AM

I know this one isn't in print anymore, but Simplicity 9522(1980 pattern) is my all time favorite. I use it as one of my "around the house" dresses. I also pack them for trips, to put on after a shower and before bed time, incase someone knocks on the motel door. I've also slept in them, while away from home.

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Date: 7/3/11 9:56 AM

I've seen 9522 on Etsy.
I have NL 6352 which is a floater style, but could be narrowed for a tank.

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Date: 7/3/11 11:44 AM

Eve is making a tank dress from a company that I am not familiar with ...
Jaime Christina - Mission Maxi.
It looks like a great dress!

Here is a review by Stacy Review
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Date: 7/3/11 12:01 PM

The mission maxi tank looks very cute!

I especially like Kwik Sew 3703... for a racer back tank Kwik sew racer back tank
It runs a little big, as most KS patterns, so I cut a size smaller. Fast to sew and can be dressy or casual, or even make a nightgown or beach cover-up.

For a "standard" tank dress that is more fitted, you could try

Kwik sew 3876 fitted tank dress

For "standard", looser fit tank for knits, you might try Kwik Sew 3214 tank dress looser fit

KS illustrations are not very appealing, but their patterns are excellent. I have never had a bad one - just have to pay attention to the style and description and disregard the often dated and boring illustrations. Fit and instructions are excellent and very consistent.

I have also used a tank or Tshirt pattern I like, then copy the lower part from a RTW dress whose fit I like and very easy to do - no guessing on the fit! I hope your tank dress turns out well - have fun sewing!
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Date: 7/4/11 6:17 AM

Would it be possible to make a top like KS3740 into a dress?

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Date: 7/4/11 11:59 AM

I've been wanting B5606 for a while now.

I'm thinking of making the dress without the wraps and I wonder if it couldn't be lengthened for a maxi-dress.

From the line drawing, it looks fitted in the bodice but loose below the waist:



It's an idea, anyway...

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Date: 7/4/11 4:46 PM

Thank you (tank you) for all your suggestions. Seems like KS might be the way to go. They are expensive here, though. Lakaribane, that dress is intrigueing.

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Date: 7/5/11 8:32 AM

Quote: Vibekeinyork
that dress is intrigueing.

V, it's downloadable from the Butterick website but I've never tried that option.

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Date: 7/5/11 9:30 AM

Thanks, Connie, for doing the work for me! I did a quickie muslin of the Jamie Christina dress in a short (above the kneed) length and am now moving on to a final one in the maxi length. I really like this pattern. As Stacey noted, it's close fitting, but it's a knit tank. It's easy to remedy if you need to. I also made the straps a bit wider to make it more bra friendly. Again...easy fix.

I searched high and low for a simple tank (I needed something with minimal seams, no darts, etc) that was somewhat close-fitting and this was the best option I found. It's nicely drafted and I'm going to get a lot of use out of this pattern.

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