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Amanda’s Maxi Adventure Dress

I love both versions of the Adventure Tank and have made several of each! The racerback neckline is a particular favorite of mine. In a performance fabric, it can read super sporty: the perfect gym/hiking top! However, I was curious to see how the pattern would stitch up in a higher end fabric, like a rib knit. I’ve also been majorly feeling the summer maxi dress silhouette - a simple hack of the Adventure Tank produced exactly what I was looking for.Amanda's standing in front of brick wall in handsewn maxi dress
Pattern: Adventure Tank, Racerback Version
Fabric: Rib Knit
Mods: Extended hem, split hem, fabric belt
Close up on neckband of Amanda's hand sewn maxi dress
Following the side seam lines of the tank, I extended the tank into dress length by adding approximately 25 inches. This rendered a fit that was fitted in the bust, per the original pattern, and swingy through the hips and legs. The fabric belt offers a bit of additional shaping through the waist, but I love the dress without it too. The split hem was a last-minute decision but definitely breaks up the lower portion of the dress in an interesting way.
The split hem on Amanda's black maxi dress
The particular rib knit I used was fairly flowy, but any drapey knit will do. For a similar effect, try our soy jersey or our bamboo jersey.
back view of Amanda's racerback maxi dress
I love the slight halter shaping of the Racerback version. It turns this otherwise basic tank dress into something unique. This dress is a perfect travel item too: equally suited for flip flops and a beach bag or pumps and a silk scarf. It’s already gotten heavy rotation in my memade wardrobe.
Amanda's black racerback maxi dress with a self fabric tie

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