Sunday, 5 February 2012

Metalicus-inspired tank dress: a mini tutorial

If you read my blog regularly, you will know that I love Aussie designer Metalicus. This is another dress inspired by one I found last year on the Metalicus website. The dress has a ribbon-embellished tank-style top and a lightly gathered skirt. This particular dress is no longer available - unless you make it yourself that is! 

This is a mini-tutorial that should contain enough details to make this dress yourself if you have some basic sewing skills. What are you waiting for?

I wasn't inspired to try to replicate that complicated ribbon design, so I found some textured jersey fabric to use for the top. I just used a basic tank pattern and chopped it off a little bit below the bustline.

I finished the edges with fold-over elastic (FOE). Lightly stretch the FOE as you sew it down (more details here). The skirt is just a rectangle of fabric (mine was approx 150cm wide by 77cm for the skirt length) sewn down the back and lightly pleated. I just eyeballed the pleats and pinned them in place before sewing. The skirt is attached to the top using a serger (or use a stretchy stitch on your sewing machine). I used a light jersey fabric for the skirt that I bought in Bali.

I added a tube of the skirt fabric to cover the join between the top and the skirt. I attached it with a few hidden hand-stitches in four places so it could stretch easily when dressing.

It was a quick and simple dress to make and it's a dream to wear.

I apologise for the grainy photos. My good camera got sand in the lens and is out of action. Here is a close up of some of the detail.

I would love to see pictures if you try to make this yourself. Please only make it for personal use and link back to me if you blog it - thanks!


Fonda @Southern Scraps said...

Great job with your dress!

Redfly Classroom said...

Very nicely done!


Jill said...

Beautiful dress Megan - great job! And I love your shoes too!! :)

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Megan O said...

Thank you Jill for your compliment on my dress. And as for the shoes, everyone needs a bit of bling on their feet - distracts the eye from unpainted nails and the like!

Megan O said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to look and comment :)

Megan O said...

Thank you Melissa. Your blog looks great too, I'm going back for another look!

Unknown said...

This is gorgeous! i just adore the color and you look wonderful in it! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink hippo party.. can't wait to see what you share next!

Megan O said...

You are way too kind! Thank you so much :)

Deby Coles said...

I love it! I'd like to learn more about how you finished off the waist with the tube of fabric that you mention. It looks so neat and tidy, but I have no idea to go about this!
Any tips?

Megan O said...

Hi, this is a simple technique. Just cut a long strip of fabric (remember maximum stretch always goes around the body when using stretch fabrics). It should be about 5cm wide and long enough to go around your body. Fold in half lengthways and sew along the long edge with a stretch stich (zig-zag or serged). Turn right side out using a safety pin to help turn it. Now you have a long tube. Measure on yourself, then cut and sew the ends together. Now it's ready to sew to the dress with a few hand stitches. Keep the seam underneath so it is hidden. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I read your blog.Thanks for sharing such a Good design of Metalicus clothing-inspired tank dress...

Jennifer said...

It is a nice tank top, however, will not be able to wear it, lol!!! I wear between a small/medium...but I would wear an extra large in this tank!! I would recommended tie dye CD100 tee

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