Pattern Review: Everyday Tank (Top and Dresses)

Today I want to share with you a recent pattern I had the opportunity to test, from Serger Pepper.

The Everyday Tank: Top and Dresses

This pattern is incredibly versatile, it’s available in sizes 3 – 14 with three length options: tank, midi (knee-length dress), and maxi (ankle-length dress).

(My daughter wanted me to make the midi size.)

It has the option to add pockets (which I did!)

Banded or regular hemline options.

Instructions for multiple binding methods.

Made for knits.

Great for upcycles! (Woohoo!)

My daughter (whom I made this for) wanted a dress with anchors on it. I happened to have some old knit material in my huge material stash (I had no idea what I originally bought it for) that happened to have anchors (and smiley faces) on it. I showed it to her and she thought it would make a swell dress. So I decided to use it and found a boring old black, knit dress to refashion for the side panels.
Everyday Tank (Top & Dresses) Review | Diary of a MadMama

Parts of the long dress she’s wearing are going to be refashioned into the side panels of the Everyday Tank (midi). I also cut the binding from the dress she’s wearing.

She was thrilled with the finished result and wants me to make her the tank top and maxi length as well!
Everyday Tank (Top & Dresses) Review | Diary of a MadMama

Yay for pockets!


Everyday Tank (Top & Dresses) Review | Diary of a MadMama

I used my serger to make this, but the pattern gives instructions on how to sew this using a regular old sewing machine as well.
If you like this pattern, head on over to Serger Pepper and pick it up. Irene is creating great patterns, and as a tester and affiliate, I am excited to recommend and share her new patterns with you. She’s also one of my favorite friends from Italy.
Happy sewing!

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Me-Made-May ’14 – Month in Review

Now that May has come to a close, I thought it would be a good idea to do a review of the Me-Made-May ’14 challenge.

My awesome son put together this little month in review collage for your viewing pleasure.
Each picture links back to it’s own post. (Cool huh?)





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Me-Made-May ’14 – Day Thirty-One

Here we are at the final day of Me-Made-May and I saved one of my favorites for last.

Remember this polka-dot, peplum dress?

Me-Made-May '14 | Day Thirty-One | Diary of a MadMama #MMMay14

I really love this dress. It’s soft and comfortable as well as flattering.
The only thing I don’t like about it is that it Continue reading

Me-Made-May ’14 – Day Thirty

Today my kids were in desperate need of haircuts.  We’d been putting it off for too long.:/

I wore my dress, refashioned from a men’s dress shirt while I cut their hair, because it was pretty hot outside and I thought the dress would be cool and comfy (plus I figured I’d end up covered in hair and the material is easy to brush off).

Me-Made-May '14 | Day Thirty | Diary of a MadMama #MMMay14

Notice the necktie belt?

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Me-Made-May ’14 – Day Twenty-Nine

Today I chose to wear the blue, plaid dress that I refashioned last year.
Me-Made-May '14 | Day Twenty-Nine | Diary of a MadMama #MMMay14

What do you think of my Continue reading

Me-Made-May ’14 – Day Twenty-Eight

Today I chose to wear my purple dress that I purchased for a mere 17-cents.

Not only was this an inexpensive refashion, but an easy one too.



Me-May-May '14 | Day Twenty-Eight | Diary of a MadMama #MMMay14

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Me-Made-May ’14 – Day Twenty-Seven

Remember the shorts from my Copycat Refashion?

Anthropologie Copycat Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Well, I decided to sport them today since most of the day was spent outside in the garden and these shorts are the most comfortable pair I own (except for Continue reading