How to sew women’s tank top & above the knee/maxi dress SEASIDE (3in1 pattern + video tutorial)

Péťa  ·  2.2.2021  ·  7 minutes of reading

Today I bring you a new pattern and related video & photo instructions. It is a 3in1 pattern, according to which you can sew a women's tank top and women's dress in above the knee or maxi length. You can get this pattern here: Women's tank top and above the knee/maxi dress SEASIDE

Střih 3v1 na dámské tílko nebo šaty v délce midi a maxi
3IN1 PATTERN - WOMEN’S TANK TOP AND ABOVE THE KNEE/MAXI DRESS

3in1 sewing pattern

This pattern is available in women’s sizes 32 - 46. When you buy this pattern, you will receive PDF files for printing on a classic home printer in two versions:

  • 1st version (one size view) – PDF A4 – pattern in individual sizes with seam allowances outlined
  • 2nd version (classic view) – PDF A4 pattern showing all sizes without seam allowances
  •  And you will also receive a large format pattern (A0, showing all sizes without seam allowances) for printing on a plotter or in a copy center.

It's up to you which version you choose to use. In any case, you will get all three of them. :)

Střih 3v1 na dámské tílko nebo šaty
3IN1 PATTERN - WOMEN’S TANK TOP AND DRESSes

Women’s tank top SEASIDE

Versatile & simple pattern for women's tank in a classic length.

Women's dresses SEASIDE

The smaller variant is above the knee and the longer variant (maxi dress) is ankle length.

If you are taller, I recommend sewing a slit on one side of the maxi dress.

Recommended material

This pattern is designed for thinner knits, such as a cotton knit (ideally with elastane or lycra), or a viscose knit (be careful, working with it is a bit tricky).

I used a viscose knit from the Dumlatek.cz store for the burgundy dress:

For the tank top and maxi dress, I used classic cotton knit with elastane from the Czech manufacturer Moraviatex.cz:

3IN1 PATTERN - WOMEN’S TANK TOP AND DRESSES

Tips & suggestions

For the garment to fit you well, you need to measure yourself carefully and compare your body dimensions with the size chart (you will find the chart in the product detail and pattern files).

It is quite likely that your body dimensions will not precisely match one specific size in the table. But that’s not a problem. You can easily adjust your pattern for a perfect fit. You can also proportionally scale the pattern up or down. You can find out more about various pattern adjustments here:
How to adjust your pattern for a perfect fit.

If you do not know how to sew elastic fabrics on a classic machine, then I recommend reading this article:
Sewing elastic fabrics with a regular sewing machine - 4 steps to success

Střih 3v1 na dámské tílko nebo šaty
3IN1 PATTERN - WOMEN’S TANK TOP AND DRESSES

Video tutorial

This time I photographed and filmed the whole sewing process. You may want to watch the video tutorial first so you know what to expect. Once you start sewing, I recommend following the photo instructions, which will allow you to proceed step by step/photo by photo.

You can watch the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and right here:

https://youtu.be/mJf1kUeHIsE

Subscribe to my channel so you don't miss any new videos. :)

Photo instructions

And here is how to sew a women's tank top or dress step by step...

Pattern layout

First, prepare the paper pattern. In the pattern files, you will find pieces for the tank top, above the knee dress, and maxi dress. If you decide to use the pattern view with seam allowances outlined (A4, one size view), then you have to modify the pieces for the tank top and shorter version of the dress.

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sewing instructions + pattern - how to sew women's tank top or dress seaside

Find the line that marks the bottom edge of the tank top (or dress) and move it 3 cm (1.2") down. This creates a hem allowance for the lower edge of the tank top/dress. If you draw this hem allowance on your paper pattern, you won’t be able to accidentally cut the pieces without it. :)

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE

Modify the front and back pieces in the same way.


Pattern layout on a striped fabric

If you use a striped fabric like me, you'll probably want to make stripes match up at the seams. You can learn how to do that thanks to this video tutorial:

https://youtu.be/foJPwbOhz5s

You can read more about pattern matching in this article: Sewing with stripes - Pattern matching


Prepare:

  • 1x front piece (cut on the fold)
  • 1x back piece (cut on the fold)

Sewing

Transfer the waistline marks to your fabric pieces.

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE

1 - Shoulder seams

Let’s do the shoulder seams first. Lay the front piece over the back piece (face side to face side) and pin both shoulder seams.

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE
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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE

 2 - Neckline & armholes

Clean the neckline...

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE

...and both armholes. Pull free ends of all thread chains under the loops when using an overlock machine.

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE

Fold the edges of the armholes 1 cm (3/8") to the reverse side and topstitch them (use some kind of elastic stitch).

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE

You can also use a twin needle.

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE

Finish the neckline in the same way.

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE
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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE

 3 - First side seam

Now pin one of the side seams. Take care to match up stripes and other prints (unless you have a monochromatic fabric). If you prepared the pieces correctly during the layout phase, it should be a piece of cake.

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE

Sew the side seam. Pull free ends of the thread chain under the loops (when using an overlock machine).

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE

4 - Waistline

Measure the correct length of the elastic band for the waistline - simply wrap it around your body so that it is not too tight or too loose, add 3 cm (1.2 ") to the measured length, and cut the band. I used a classic narrow (0.5 cm / 0.2") elastic band for this tank top.  Fold the elastic band in half and mark its center point with a pin.

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE

Align the center point with one of the waistline marks (these marks should have been previously transferred from the paper pattern). Pin the band to the side seam.

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE

Then pin ends of the elastic band to the edges of the front and back piece, which will later form the second side seam (it is not sewn yet). The elastic band should extend about 1.5 cm (5/8 ") beyond the edges on both sides.

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE

Set your sewing machine to a narrow zigzag stitch. My band is 0.5 cm (0,2") wide and I used a 2.75 mm (0,1") wide stitch. I also reduced the presser foot pressure.

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE

Sew the band the waistline. Sew on the inside of the garment so you can see the band. Slightly stretch the band when sewing.

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE

This is what it should look like when you're done:

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE

 5 - Second side seam

Fold the tank top/dress face side in and pin the second side seam. Don't forget to match up the stripes again.

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE

Both ends of the elastic should be aligned too.

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE

Sew the side seam. Pull free ends of the thread chain under the loops (when using an overlock machine).

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE

6 - Bottom hem

Clean the bottom cutting edge of your tank top/dress. Pull free ends of thread chain under the loops when using your overlock machine.

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE
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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE

Fold the bottom edge 3 cm (1.2") to the reverse side and topstitch it. Use an elastic stitch (or twin needle).

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE

Try to sew at a constant distance from the fold. If your sewing machine has a sewing bed with guidelines or grids, use them.

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SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE
Návod na šití + střih - jak ušít dámské tílko nebo šaty
SEWING INSTRUCTIONS + PATTERN - HOW TO SEW WOMEN'S TANK TOP OR DRESS SEASIDE

And that's it, your new tank top (or dress) is ready!

You can also sew your tank top/dress without an elastic band at the waist.

You can get the pattern from today’s article here: 3in1 pattern - Women's tank top/dresses SEASIDE


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