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Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals. I'm a recovering former vegan and vegetarian, now healing with a nutrient-dense mostly Paleo diet, and love at-home CrossFit and yoga workouts. I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!

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Finally made one of those easy tank dresses...

I finally did it--I finally made one of those super duper fast and easy tank top-into-dress projects that have been all over the blog world for ages. ***I promise I'll stop sharing summery clothes after this, seriously. It's still in the 80's here!! No one knows whether to wear gladiator sandals or riding boots. I'm staying somewhere in the middle but I have thrown on my shorts a couple of evenings lately! But I'm sure it'll cool down soon... and I'm almost ready for fall colors and fashions. I'm normally in denial, not getting enough of summer and all, but this Indian summer has been pretty awesome--although I STILL haven't worn a swimsuit. all. year. long. Super bummed!!***

Missing summer rant over. Point is, I had a ribbed (black and white stripe, though you can hardly tell) tank that was awkwardly/shrunkenly short. So, cut it off just below the waist, sewed up a gathered skirt and waistband of a nice stretchy knit I had, and combined! Voila!

I think the pictures speak for themselves. You get the idea and I'm sure you've seen tutorials for things like this!

Before...

After!


So, it might not get much wear this year because I'd probably feel sort of ridiculous walking around in a tank dress, but... there it is. Now I can cross that project off the list and get something out of the sewing room! Always a plus.

What do you say this time of year? Are you ready for black and burgundy and olive?? So far I have NOT been!

Anyone ever seen a dress like this made acceptable for fall? Like a long-sleeved version, or... I can't picture it but it was so fast and easy, I wouldn't mind doing another for the later seasons!

17 comments

  1. It is cute. I have seen this one for fall: http://elleapparel.blogspot.com/2010/12/winter-shirt-dress.html

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  2. You could make a long-sleeve version by using a long-sleeved knit top... Or wear a plain navy/black long sleeve knit top underneath and pair with tights.

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    1. Yeah, a long-sleeve top to start with would be good, and tights, good idea!

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  3. So cute! I bet it would be just as easy to whip one up for fall, too!

    ~Vicki
    deckedoutinruffles.blogspot.com

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  4. Throw a belted cardigan over it, tights and boots under, and voila! Fall!

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  5. Oooh I really like the dress in the first comment. I have a few shirts with stains that I could lop off and make into dresses like that!

    I was thinking something along the lines Melissa said: maybe a denim jacket and a scarf with tights and boots. Scarf+tights+boots make anything fall/winter appropriate. Including mini-skirts, if you asked most of the people I went to university with... though I'm not sure I agree on that one.

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  6. Agreeing with everyone! Scarf + tights + boots + cardigans = fall outfit. I wear tank tops all year long, just under a cute cardigan or a scarf (or sometimes both)in the winter! Plus, it's a darker color so it could actually really work. It's not like a bright floral or yellow or something that really screams summer.

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    1. True, the darker color does help it transition! Tights and boots, if I can make the top wintery-er....

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  7. Try throwing it on over a turtle-neck or a cowl neck top, and go jumper style.

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  8. Thanks for helping me think outside the summer box, everyone!!

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  9. Scarf + tights + boots + cardigans is great. I agree that.

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  10. It seems so easy to do... You can use a yellow top instead of a tank one, and a dark-green skirt, and you will have something more joyful... The combinations are infinite ...

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  11. 'Love the dress. Our weather is in between. The morning lows are in the 40s, but afternoon highs are in the 80s. Lots of layering going on around here! -Marci

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  12. Love your dress. Tshirt dresses are so simple and sooo cumfy.
    Moniqueysboutiquey@Blogspot.Com

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  13. Cute dress, looks super comfy, too! :)

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  14. That is a simple but cute dress! Can't wait to make one like that for myself, as I have lots of tank tops that are too short :p

    You can totally wear that dress for fall though! The colour is quite calm and not overly bright, so it won't look ridiculous :p Just pair it with rich-coloured cardigans: red, mustard, olive....etc, stocking/tights, and either cute brown boots and mary-jane shoes, add a light scarf or statement/layered gold accessories, then you will totally rock it!

    Personally I'm don't really have much 'autumn' and 'winter' clothes either. My closet is full with happy summer dresses,so I use colours and accessories to help with the transition!

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