This summer I’ve become absolutely obsessed with dresses. The last couple of years my summer staples have been shorts and knit pencil skirts, but this year I’m all about dresses and have found every excuse to add as many as I can to my closet (both buying and making). They’re perfect and lightweight to wear on hot days, so comfortable, and easy to throw in a second and look put together.
I often look through my closet and look at each piece and see if they’re working for me, and there are always a few pieces that I love and have so much potential, but they just don’t get a lot of wear for one reason or another. This white maxi tank dress was just that. It has so many pretty details, but I just don’t get a ton of wear out of sleeveless dresses, or maxi dresses, so even though I loved the dress, I didn’t ever feel like wearing it. So rather than letting it hang in my closet unused, I made it work for me. I chopped off the bottom, cut it up, and made the extra material into sleeves. Now it’s a dress I will wear all the time because it’s the perfect summer dress-up or dress-down dress.
It’s an easy fix and there’s a simple tutorial at the end of the post so you can make one too!
As a part of the Melly Sews sundress series, I’m sharing how to make this pretty refashioned dress. Also, be sure to check out this post to enter a fabric giveaway and to see a running summary of all the sundresses in the series!
Then fold them in half width wise so they are double thick and have a folded edge, then sew them together with right sides together to make two cuffs that will fit around your arms.