Rumi Tank Dress

Okay, it’s rare that I jump on a new pattern the minute it’s released, let alone print it, trace it, cut it out, sew it, and wear it all within 24 hours. Oh, and then blog it. RARE. But the stars aligned for me yesterday… I had ordered some rayon jersey from Craftsy (weird… all their solid rayon knits are gone now) and it just wasn’t the kind of rayon knit I was expecting. It is quite firm, has minimal stretch, and doesn’t drape in the way I expect a rayon knit to drape. To be honest, I’m not overly impressed with this fabric, and it just wasn’t going to work with my original plan.


So I literally had this fabric out trying to figure out what to make with it, when I saw the Rumi Tank pop up on IG. It was a perfect match. I paused for a minute, I mean even on sale, it’s still almost $10 for a simple tank. But… I just went through all my paper patterns and got rid of a huge stack of them because the tissue was cut and therefore useless to me or anyone else, and was reminded of why .pdf patterns are so appealing. If I screw it up, I can always print off a new copy.

IMG_2892This is the first pattern from Christine Haynes that I’ve purchased, and I was very happy with the .pdf formatting. It printed in a very economical number of pages and everything matched up nicely. I traced off a size 6 at the bust and graded out to an 8 at the waist and hip. Given the flare of the skirt, grading between sizes wasn’t strictly necessary, but I did anyway. I raised the neckline by 1/2″ as a precaution (I am forever needing to raise necklines) but in this case it would have been fine as drafted. I skipped the color blocking at the hemline, and simply extended the length of the dress.


The sizing feels spot on, and other than a little bit of pooling in the back, I’m perfectly happy with the fit. I’m so in love with the swingy flare of the hem. After all the swing dress posts I’ve been seeing lately, I’ve had them on my mind!


I love how my dress came out, and I think this will be a very useful pattern. Also included is a regular tank top (less flare than the dress) and I’m sure I’ll be using it in the future as well. Really, this is an ideal summer dress for me since it’s casual enough that I don’t feel overdressed for the day to day mom stuff (side note: my 8 yr old said “Wow, you look fancy!” quickly followed by, “Well I guess it’s no different than pajamas…”), plus it’s breezy for the crazy heat we’ve been having. I’m ready to move on to Fall sewing, but oy! the heat and humidity is not going away! So not used to it out here in the Northeast.


Here’s to the last days of summer…


—lisa g.


PATTERN: Rumi Tank by Christine Haynes
FABRIC: rayon jersey from Craftsy (no longer available, and not really recommended)
SIZE: 6 bust, graded to 8 at waist and hip (measurements for reference: 5’8″/34″/27.5″/39″)
MODS: raised neckline by 1/2″ and extended hem to eliminate hem color blocking
NEXT TIME: if I’m being fussy… I’ll remove length from CB to minimize pooling

36 thoughts on “Rumi Tank Dress

  1. Lynsey says:

    Your dress looks great on, I love the shape and ease to wear of this pattern but not sure it would suit my shape, you look fab in yours

    • lisa g says:

      Thank you! I’ve seen flared dresses look good on quite a range of shapes and sizes. I wasn’t always sold on it myself, but I’m certainly living in this one.

  2. Cocos Loft says:

    Really cute, and fits you like a dream. I like this pattern – pretty affordable for Christine Haynes and 10% off at the moment. However – since I have the Merchant & Mills Bantam vest pattern, same front and back treatment, maybe I’ll take a run at a copy! thks for sharing. p.s. – those Craftsy rayon knits, I hear you…

  3. Carolyn says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I saw this pattern and had the same thoughts as you – perfect for hot summer days when you just want to be comfortable. Also, your kids are adorable as usual. 🙂

  4. Susan (moonthirty) says:

    LOL at your daughter’s comment! She already get the secret pajamas thing. 😉 I love this dress, Lisa! And I actually quite like the sound of your fabric. I wish I could get my hands on some rayon knit like that (stable, a little on the thicker side); I’ve found them rarely but I love working with and wearing them when I do. Most rayon knits are so thin and they grooooow as I wear them! And cheers to that end-of-summer sentiment…although I’m guessing we’re still a good six weeks away from it here. 😂

    • lisa g says:

      She only grudgingly gets out of her pj’s every day, so she totally gets the “secret pajamas” thing! Can’t get anything past that girl. I have a feeling the fabric has some poly content to it, if any rayon at all. Weird. I do hate the rayon knits that end up so heavy and grow like crazy though! Around here we tend to have a very abrupt change from summer to fall… hopefully TX will cool down soon!

  5. Katie says:

    I love the shape of this! I just went past this pattern when I saw it released since I’m swimming in patterns, but the shape is so nice on every single one I see that I find myself rethinking it.

    • lisa g says:

      I hear ya. I have a similar McCalls pattern from ages ago, but it doesn’t have as much flare as the Rumi. Could have tweaked it I suppose, but since I wanted to sew it up right away I just went for it. Glad I did!

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