Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summer Versatility

At first glance I know what you're thinking...big deal, another tube dress.  Right?  But this is no ordinary tube dress.


I wanted something blousey and not so form fitting.  So, this is actually two separate pieces that will take you from day, to evening, to work, and back to day again!


I love the top on it's own with pants!


And the skirt can easily be worn to work with a slightly more conservative top.


But if you need something to wear to your next patio party, pair it with a contrasting top!
This would be an excellent addition to your vacation wardrobe too!


This is another 'beyond easy' project.  It's just two tubes cut from T-knit fabric that are slightly A-line instead of straight rectangles.  There's 3/4" wide elastic at the top of the skirt and the top and 1/2" elastic at the bottom of the top so that it drapes nicely.

I just whipped this up on the spur of the moment but if you guys want a step by step tutorial let me know.  I like this so much I wouldn't mind two!

18 comments:

Chris said...

Very cute! I like this one!

kluckingbear said...

I'd love some more info about the "A-line" cut. And how did you finish the edge? Love it!

Ana Lopes said...

Hi Tamara,

I'm fan of two pieces from the same fabric. This is nice.
I hoope that bad weather go away soon. In Portugal is too hot...

Hug from Ana Lopes - Portugal

Etcetorize said...

I've replied to kluckingbear privaately, but in case others are interested here's what I sent to her:
Thanks for your questions. I think I'll probably make another one and do a tutorial soon. People really seem to enjoy these easy to sew projects. If you can't wait though....start with a rectangle and then just draw the sides out a few inches to increase the length of the base of the rectangle. You'll get more of a trapezoid shape standing on the longest edge.

For the edges you can either serge or zigzag and then turn and press, slightly wider than your elastic. Sew this down except for a small section where you'll insert your elastic and then close up after. What I did though was measure my elastic, sew the ends together to make a big loop, attach it right onto the fabric (right side), then turned it to the inside of the fabric. I like this method because it gets rid of the stitching lines.

I have to confess, that as much as I hate unfinished edges, I just left the hem on the skirt. I ran out of fabric and had to make it shorter than what I had intended. I felt like if I hemmed it properly it would be bordering on too short for me. (Normally I would hem it though!)

Hope this helps!

Terry said...

Oooh, this looks great. I love all of the various ways it can be worn and you look fabulous in all of them. I'll look forward to the tutorial.

being mom{me} said...

This is adorable! Great job!!!

Anonymous said...

Am new to your blog and I absolutely love this outfit!!! Please, please, please do a tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us.
Cindy B.
camogirl59@yahoo.com

Seaweed and Raine said...

That's gorgeous! Yes, I think you should do a tutorial!!! :)

Hani@Craftionary said...

I love how you can combine a dress into so many fun ways to wear.. I love it the most with pants on you. :)

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Very cute--I love the versatility of this! Thanks for linking up!

Rogene Robbins said...

How cute!

kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor said...

Super cute, Tamara! Just shared on my FB fan page!:)

Jill said...

Gorgeous Tamara! and so versatile too!


Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Foster said...

I really like this two piece. The way you've paired it with other separates is really pretty.

Rose :: Fine Craft Guild .com said...

It looks fabulous !! Come link it up with us at our party: http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/ . This is something to show off!!

Rachel Townsend said...

I absolutely love this! Please, please, please do a tutorial on this!

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

I am totally loving this!!! XO, Aimee

Lisa said...

OMG! I love this outfit!! If you post the pattern/tutorial I would soooooo make this! It's super cute... :)

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