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How to make an easy high waisted dress for cheap!
I'm a cheapskate when it comes to clothing. I either buy at thrift stores, or I make my own clothes. This dress has been a favorite of mine because it's so easy to make, and so comfortable to wear.

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  • How to make a tank dress. How To Make An Easy Dress (For Cheap!) - Step 1
    Step 1

    First you will need a ribbed tank top.
    I got mine from Walmart for 2.50
    You could also use a t-shirt
    3 yards of matching fabric.

    Clearance section is my favorite. I got three yards for 3.00 total!

  • How to make a tank dress. How To Make An Easy Dress (For Cheap!) - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut the tank top almost in half. This is really your preference. Depending on your bust size, and how short you want your dress. The shorter the tank top, the shorter your dress will be.

  • How to make a tank dress. How To Make An Easy Dress (For Cheap!) - Step 3
    Step 3

    For the bottom part of your dress take the fabric and wrap it around your waist about 1 and a half times, and cut in a straight line. The fabric will come to you already folded, don't unfold it. This way you have kind of a bubble hem. You don't need to hem up the bottom at all, and the inside will look like the outside.

  • How to make a tank dress. How To Make An Easy Dress (For Cheap!) - Step 4
    Step 4

    Next you fold your fabric in half. Remember it's already folded, so you are folding it again, creating a skirt. Sew up the short side. (There will be four layers of fabric that you are sewing.)

    You have kind of a big blocky rectangle skirt.

  • How to make a tank dress. How To Make An Easy Dress (For Cheap!) - Step 5
    Step 5

    Next open it up and change your sewing machine's tension so it will create the biggest stitches possible. Instead of sewing a waist band in like a normal skirt, you are just sewing a straight line around the two layers of fabric joining them together.
    (You are sewing the raw edges, not the bubble hem)
    This is where I didn't get pictures.. awesome.
    We are going to create a ruffle. Don't do a back stitch when you start sewing around the skirt or after.

  • How to make a tank dress. How To Make An Easy Dress (For Cheap!) - Step 6
    Step 6

    To make the skirt ruffle you hold the thread and scoot the fabric down.

  • How to make a tank dress. How To Make An Easy Dress (For Cheap!) - Step 7
    Step 7

    Make sure the skirt ruffles are evenly distributed and pretty loose.

  • How to make a tank dress. How To Make An Easy Dress (For Cheap!) - Step 8
    Step 8

    Turn the skirt part inside out so that the raw edges (from when you turned it into that big blocky skirt) are facing out, and put the tank top inside as pictured.
    Next you will pin the tank top and the dress together.

  • How to make a tank dress. How To Make An Easy Dress (For Cheap!) - Step 9
    Step 9

    Once it's pinned make sure that the tanktop part of the dress folds out to be inside out like the skirt part.
    Make sure that the tank top park lays flat and the skirt part is ruffled still.
    Make sure your tension is set back to normal and sew the skirt and the tank top together just under the previous stitches.

  • How to make a tank dress. How To Make An Easy Dress (For Cheap!) - Step 10
    Step 10

    Remove the pins and the dress part is done! Now for the sash.

  • How to make a tank dress. How To Make An Easy Dress (For Cheap!) - Step 11
    Step 11

    Cut a strip out of the left over fabric, about double of how thick you want your sash to bed. Fold it in half long ways so that the printed side is facing in. And sew up the sides.

  • How to make a tank dress. How To Make An Easy Dress (For Cheap!) - Step 12
    Step 12

    Turn it right side out and finish up the edges, and you are done!
    The sash is not actually sewn onto the dress, it's removable and is just tied in the back. You could always use a regular belt or another coordinating fabric for the belt!

  • How to make a tank dress. How To Make An Easy Dress (For Cheap!) - Step 13
    Step 13

    This dress came out a little shorter than I normally like.
    This would have been avoided by leaving the tank top a little longer.
    This dress took about 30 minutes to make.
    It cost about 6.00 total.

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Steph.
Steph. · Reading, England, GB · 212 projects
I lvoe your hair ^^ and I saw this tutorial on your blog about a year ago! it's so good that you've shared it with us on CO+K Happy
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