Quilter makes a {tank} dress

Serger

This is the first piece of clothing I’ve ever made in my whole life. Making clothes scares me so I’ve never tried attempting it before this week. I had a few mishaps but I think I feel comfortable enough to start making some of my own skirts and things now that I sort of understand the process.

Thank you so much Marisa for your encouragement and help on Twitter! I messed up my first skirt and it was nice talking through the problems with someone experienced.

Smashed Peas and Carrots – Empire Waist Dress is the tutorial I used. I liked that it basically involved me making a skirt and attaching it to an existing tank top. I had several tank tops that I didn’t like the fit of around my stomach so they’d work perfectly for this.

My serger is a Bernina Funlock 007D that a listener (thanks Tracy!) gave to me. I’m still learning how to use it. I signed up for the Craftsy Serger class and I plan on buying an hour of private lesson time at my LQS to troubleshoot some tension issues I’m having with the 4 thread safety stitch. I can thread it though! The three thread overlock I sort of got working. In this photo I’m testing out a rolled hem.

You can do the pattern without a serger but I want to use mine more often now that I’ve freed it from the corner of the room.

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My first attempt isn’t half bad. I attached the tank top to the elastic differently than how she did so I think I’m going to try her method next time because I like how it looks when it’s finished better than mine. I still need to hem my dress which is why I was experimenting with the rolled hem on the serger. I want to make this easy and give the skirt some movement on the bottom.  Not sure how short I’m going to make it yet.

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Gathering the skirt to the elastic was the most challenging part to figure out how to do evenly.  I felt like I needed three hands while trying to get it to do right.

I have three more tank tops I hope to do this with before my cruise! These will be perfect for summer.

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Comments

  1. It’s really pretty Katie! I had a dress like that too and loved it (even though I didn’t make it myself) Hope it’ll get good use on your cruise!

  2. No problem 🙂 – you will get a hang of the elastic sewing in no time, just takes practice.

    Love the other fabrics you’ve picked out! Are they knits? I can’t wait to make a few for summer here too – may even experiment with cap-sleeved tee’s I have that have been stained toward to bottom (joys of having a preschooler!). Can’t wait to see the rest of yours put together for your trip!!

  3. Well Katie, looks like you’ve conquered another “demon”. The fabric is lovely. Garment sewing is a real treat – well at least in my opion – and allows one to have clothing that actually fits!

  4. Glenna in TX says:

    Great job, Katie. Good start!

  5. I, like you, am not a garment maker. Since I have started quilting I have discovered that MOST quilters knew how to sew before they took up quilting. They have an advantage over us. I admire your perseverance and your courage to jump in and try new things! I hope you realise what an inspiration you are to all of us! Good job on your tank dress!