This dress has been in the planning for the past three months, ever since spring clothing started making appearances in the shops. It is no secret that I really like Desigual clothing so I was drawn to this tank dress as soon as I lay my eyes on it. It really is just a simple tank with an inset in the side seam and a couple of butterfly appliques. Why then did it take until two days before Christmas to execute this project? Your guess is as good as mine.
I started with 1m of rugby knit from this op shop fabric haul. I found an additional metre of navy blue rugby knit in my stash that had been hiding in the back of the cupboard for the last 10 years and needed rescuing. The pattern I used was once again McCall's 6559. Somehow I managed to have lost the back piece of view C so I had to recut the armholes to my own measurements.
I wasn't sure how to insert the side vertical stripes so I sewed the side seams before cutting and attaching the strips and cutting the original away at the back. I then overlocked the seams before completing the applique.
The appliques were made using some scrap cotton lycra and then free motion appliqueing them to the dress by free motion applique. I then added a little embroidery detail using some metallic embroidery thread.
This dress proved to be another camping favourite. I did have to be a little careful about the white because it isn't the most practical colour for camping but nonetheless it is one of those dresses that I put on and instantly feel good.