The Tank Dress by Sew Caroline

A sleeveless sundress with a gathered back and bias bound neck and armholes.

Pattern: The Tank Dress
Designer: Sew Caroline
Categories: Sun Dresses
Difficulty: Beginner
required fabric: 11/2 to 21/3 yards
Sizes: XS - XXL
Digital Sewing Pattern$15.00
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Sleeveless dresses are our go-to outfit during the heat of the summer, because let's be honest, we need a loose fitting, breathable silhouette to get anything done when the mercury rises. Sew Caroline's Tank Dress is a perfect summer staple. The gathered back waist makes for a flattering hourglass shape, while the flowy dress front makes this a dress you can literally wear all day and night long. Sew this one up in a lightweight cotton and it'll be the only thing you will want to put on post fourth of July. Trust us on this one.

The dress pictured above was created by Erin from Sewbon.

Pattern Previews

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Pattern Details

Intended Paper Size: Letter (8.5in x 11in) or A4 (21cm x 29.7cm)
Number of Files Included: 1
Total Number of Pages: 36
Copy Shop Version Included: Yes
Pattern uses layers to select size: No

Pattern Size Chart (inches)

Bust30 1/232 1/234 1/236 1/238 1/240 1/2

Finished Garment Measurements (inches)


Fabric Required (yards)

40"-44" wide fabric2 1/32 1/32 1/32 1/32 1/32 1/3
54"-60" wide fabric1 1/21 1/21 1/21 1/21 1/21 1/2
Facing Fabric 3/8 3/8 3/8 3/8 3/8 3/8

Required Sewing Techniques

Required Tools

  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Measuring Tape
  • Tailor's Chalk

Optional Tools

  • Serger
  • Rotary Cutter and Mat

Required Supplies

  • Thread
  • Universal Needle

Additional Notes

This PDF pattern includes all pattern pieces and step-by-step instructions with color photos.

I made the smallest size, since I'm around a 31.5" bust, but it was still a bit too big for me all around. The final product is wearable (and cute!), but I will need to shrink to 95% or even 90% the next time I make it. Fortunately digital patterns make this easy! Instructions were clear and easy to follow, definitely a good mid-level beginners pattern. I would have appreciated a little more guidance on the curved hem (I had to look up tips elsewhere). Excellent pattern!

I will need to play around with the pattern a lot to get it to how I like. Examples being the neckline height, height of pockets and how they currently sit, height of the shearing, and the internal seam finishings. I have never done shearing or bias hemming before and had to seek external tutorials to achieve these.

The finished product is probably not one I'll wear often as the pockets interfere with the shape. I will definitely remake with alterations though as the fit is very comfortable.

VERY accurate sizing! I love this pattern! I omitted the elastic in the back and lengthened by 3 inches.

Very well written with clear instructions. My sister-in-law asked if I had lost weight, I hadn't, so the cut is very flattering.