DIY Tank Maxi Dress

Let me let you in on a secret. I've been living in maxi skirts and dresses this past summer because I got myself some tan lines on my thighs. I got them when I went pipi picking at Venus Bay a couple of months ago, and they still haven't fully faded. They sit at an awkward spot just above my knees so I can't really wear shorts or my standard above-knee skirts without them showing.

I bought a grey tank maxi dress from Yesstyle (no longer available) a while ago, and one day I decided to recreate the same style minus the hi-lo hem in black. After all, a black maxi dress will be a versatile piece that I can easily dress up or down in different seasons.

It must have been of the easiest and quickest pieces of clothing I have sewn. It's pretty much an elongated version of a loose tank top.


Lightweight knit jersey fabric
Matching thread

What to do:

1. Cut out the front and back pieces of the dress, using a tank top as a pattern for the necklines and sleeves. The shape of the pieces should follow the contour of your body, wider at the bust, nipping in at the waist, and then flaring out slightly at end. Add about one inch all around the pieces to allow for seam allowance and hemming.

2. Hem the necklines for both front and back pieces.

3. Hem the sleeves for both front and back pieces.

4. Pin both pieces right sides together. Sew along the shoulders and the sides.

5. Flip the dress right side out. Hem the bottom if desired.

I can only say that the dress is really, really comfortable. It is flowy and lightly skims my body. The slight flare at the bottom also gives it a nice swing when I walk.

As opposed to the unadorned version shown above, here's a picture of me wearing it for a walk around my neighbourhood. I paired it with a denim jacket, tan belt and tan heels and was good to go!


  1. How much materials does one need?

    1. Hi Vixen,

      I used 2m x 1.5m and it was more than enough. Depending on your height and which way the fabric stretches, you might need more or less.