While looking for swimsuit cover-ups I came across this pin and though, "Huh. That looks easy."
Spoiler: it is. It took me about an hour. Including taking pictures.
You need two shirts: one tank top that fits around your upper chest and an extra large button up shirt. These cost me $6 combined at Goodwill.
Wash, iron, etc.
Cut the tank top under the arm holes. I made a serious rookie mistake here: I forgot to account for the seam allowance. DON'T DO THAT. Remember to add an extra half inch or so!
Cut your big shirt like so:
Then put right sides together and sew a seam down each side.
Trim any top unevenness.
Then take your tank top and pin it, right sides together, inside your other shirt.
I was prepared to do some gathering on the front of the orange shirt to get it to match up to my tank, but somehow my front sides matched up perfectly. I added a pleat in the back to take up the extra fabric in back. Due to the lack of seam allowance on my tank top, I used a tight zig zag and a very small seam allowance to attach mine.
|Necklace c/o Style Lately|
|Our big Ikea print is the closest this swimsuit cover up will come to the ocean this summer. Sigh.|
I've worn it to the pool a handful of times now and so far it has been great! I always worry my sewing projects will fall apart :)
Want to see a way cooler swimsuit cover-up? Melissa never fails to rock my world with her sewing projects!
Have you ever DIYed a swimsuit cover-up? How did it turn out?
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