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tutorial: DIY tank top summer dress

Let’s talk about the weather.

Ours is being its ol’ tropical self. In other words, it’s humid and I HATE IT. I cope by doing surgery on old DIY projects and making summer-appropriate things.

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The top of this dress used to be ONE OF THESE. And the bottom part is from THIS BOHO DRESS. The top, while the color agrees with my skin tone, is a tad short for “going out” wear. The dress, meanwhile, feels too young for my almost-30 brain. So I combined the two. ¬†And drew a tutorial.

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to twee or not to twee?

What? Another dress, Meream? Yes. Because, as I implied in my last post, I have been slowly questioning my previous propensity for sewing short dresses and skirts.

This was the inspiration. Or Pinboard, if you will:

pretty fabrics from a local store | a Modcloth dress | dotted mint fabric I got on sale and a drawing of the dress I planned to sew

While the boyfriend entertained his guests (he had a PS3 party) last Saturday, I stayed holed up in my studio and started sewing the dress. The goal, if it’s not too obvious from my shoddy drawing, was to sew a dress with just the right amount of whimsy; to create a look that is 29-year-old-appropriate, if there is such a thing. While I LOVE the Modcloth dress above, I thought it looked too young for someone my age. I did, however, still wanted a few cute elements from it so I went for the shirred bottom.

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