- Tank top in knit jersey fabric (with similar stretch to the skirt so the two fabrics work together well)
- 1.5 yards of knit jersey fabric (2 yards if you’re much taller than 5’6″)
- Scissors or a rotary cutter
- Thread, needle, pins and sewing machine
- Wrapping paper (optional)
- Around your waist (or wherever you want the skirt to sit) – for this refashion, the circumference of the waist of the skirt should be approximately the same as the circumference of the tank top so, when sewed together in Step 6 below, the two fabric pieces match together well
- Around your hips
- Length from waist to hips
- Length from waist to ankles (or desired length of skirt)
- Waist – 1/4 of your waist measurement from above + 1/2 inch for a seam allowance (although because this is a dress and not a skirt, it can be a bit larger, if needed, to match up with the bottom of the tank top as described above)
- Hips – 1/4 of your hip measurement from above + 1/2 inch for a seam allowance (use measurement #3 from above to figure out how far this should be from your waist measurement on your pattern)
- Length – Length from above plus + about 3.5 inches for the waistband. (This will be the measurement down the straight side of the pattern that is perpendicular to the waistband and bottom of the skirt.)
It definitely helps to use a pattern because the soft knit fabric moves around quite a bit, and I never would have had straight lines had I cut the fabric directly using just the measurements.
I used contrasting colors for this dress but also wanted to try it with a black tank and black fabric to make a monochromatic dress. That’s on my “to do” list.