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Tank Dress 3-ways

Tank Dress 3-Ways – Pattern Emporium

It’s no secret that the Time Out Tank became a firm favorite of mine, I mean, I did make 8 in a row… lol Now Kate has taken that silhouette to the next level and made it into a dress, 3 ways!

I know… so good, right?

Before we get started I just wanted to say that this dress isn’t the Time Out with 3 skirts thrown in. The bodice has the same look as the tank, with the cut away armscye and wide binding, but the fit is different. The tank is semi fitted and the bodice is drafted to be fitted. I know it may sound minimal, but it does make a ton of difference when making a dress. 😉

Ok, let’s talke about is fantastic fitting staple of a dress.

The Tank Dress comes with one bodice and 3 skirt options:

  • A-line
  • Circle
  • Gathered

All of the skirts come with above or below the knee cut lines.

This is the epitome of a staple dress, it can take you from lounging at home to work attire and even to a nice party! It only depends on what options you choose and what fabric you use.

I wanted to make a million of them but life got in the way, as it usually does, but I did manage to make at least one of each option. Yay!


  • Multisize – 12 (bust and waist) to 18 (hips)
  • A-line skirt above the knee
  • No elastic on the waist
  • I added 1″ to the bodice length (I’m 5’10”)
  • Fabric of the dress is a denim-look jersey (super soft!) and for the bindings I used a poly knit
  • Both fabrics are from Driessen

This is such a classic silhouette.
I also made a little belt to match with the bindings. It would be easy to add a waistband to the dress, but I like options haha. For the belt I used a very sturdy ponte with the poly knit. Measured my waist, cut 2 rectangles with the desired size and used a hook and eye tape for an invisible closure. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! 😉

I think it’s cute in a Peggy Bundy kind of way! <3


  • Straight size 12 (no need to grade)
  • Gathered skirt above the knee
  • 1″ added to bodice length
  • Elastic on waist seam
  • Rayon knit from Megastoffen

I dislike gathering… but love this dress!
Ok, let me be more clear. I dislike the gathereing process, but do love the look of it on the finished product.

I belive gathering is my least favorite thing in the entire sewing world. And it super annoys me how cute it is when it’s done because I keep getting sucked into gathering all the things.

Worth it though… <3

Also, how PE is this fabric? haha
I bought it especifically to make something Pattern Emporium with it and this dress was the perfect choice!


  • Size 12 (no need to grade)
  • Circle skirt below the knee
  • no elastic on the waist seam
  • Fabric is an amazing mystery jersey knit from Driessen

Who doesn’t love a classic circle skirt? Even if just for the twirling fun it provides!
Is it even possible to wear one and not get the urge to twirl and waltz around? Ok, the waltz part is maybe only me, but you give at least a spin, right?

This one screams tea party to me, what do you think? I love this fabric so much…. I may need to order more.
Psh… what am I saying? I definitely need to order some more!

Oh, and I’ll tell you a little “secret”… With the scraps I made cute little boxer style undies to match with the dress because, being extra is fun! haha

Pattern is Cuttie Booty from Patterns for Pirates



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