I used my TNT tank dress pattern, cutting the length to 38".
I made a flounce for the bottom by measuring the width of the dress hem front and then the back. Mine measured 17" on the fold. I wanted to increase the flounce by 1-1/2 times, making that measurement 25". I thought a 6" flounce sounded good.
Making a rectangle from pattern paper that measured 17" long and 6" high I cut up from the bottom to the top. leaving a hinge along the top side (long side). I made about 6 cuts. Taping onto a scrap piece of paper I fanned out the bottom to 25", spacing the rest of the cuts evenly. My flounce resembled a half circle almost.
I've been practicing another technique for finishing the neck edge. I think it's called the French binding. I cut a 2" wide strip of fabric longer than the length of the neckline. Having only one shoulder seam sewn. I left a tail about an inch or two I sew right sides together the whole length on the neckline. I used a 1/2" seam allowance. Turn the binding strip over the seam allowance snugly, I stitch in the ditch catching the binding on the back. Once you've stitched in the ditch the whole length of the neckline I trimmed the excess from the wrong side of the neckline. The sew the open should seam.
|Sew 2" strip to neck edge-right sided together|
|1/2" seam allowance|
|Pulling strip slightly along the neck edge|
|Fold up seam allowance towards 2"stip|
|Fold strip over seam allowance snugly|
|Stitch in the ditch, catching strip on backside|
|French binding neck seam|
|Trim excess fabric strip on wrong side close to stitch line|
|Finish sewing open shoulder seam|
|Same treatment done to armholes. Just remember to leave one seam open (underarm).|
|Tank dress with flounce.|
I sewed the flounce onto each front and back piece of the dress then sewed the side seams. Everything matched up better this way.
|Tank dress with flounce|
The flounce was a little hidden but you did notice it when I walked. I thought the flounce may make the dress look like grandmas' nightgown. It just made the dress swoosh a little when I moved.
|1.25 yards of fabric $4.50 Flounce Tank Dress|
I have a yard of this fabric leftover, maybe a McCall 6844 cardigan to go with it??????
Why not make a TNT?????
I've got to get out of this rut!
Until next time.................