This started out as a maxi dress that I would actually wear. The drop (shirred) waist was originally supposed to be an empire waist.
Somewhere along the way, it turned into the best swimsuit coverup/lay around the house dress ever.
I sewed up the front for more sun coverage and to help keep the "sleeves" over my shoulders.
It's a rayon blend, so very soft and breathable. It covers my shoulders and legs for when I'm out in the sun but done being out in the sun. (I'm pretty sure this situation will be happening more and more since my baby is 2 and into all the same trouble his brothers are. Also, I'm pretty sure my husband hasn't realized it's going to help me keep the killer farmer's tan I already have started.)
The nice breezes float right through it.
|The sleeves are open clear down to the shirred waist.|
Fabric: 2 1/2 yards (with leftovers) $5 at Hancock Fabric
Elastic Thread: stash
Time spent: 2 hours--ish. It's just 3 rectangles sewn together haphazardly and hemmed. And shirred:)
Total $5.50 (we'll include some thread pricing)
I will definitely be getting my money's worth out of this garment this summer. I've already worn it twice and loved it! It's perfect by the pool.
Now, I bought a swimsuit last summer, but I'm kind of itching to make one. Any thoughts? Is it easier or harder than it seems?
Would it help if I told you I wanted it to look like this?
or maybe this?
|Shabby Apple Pietra|
Although, you should take into consideration I never look like that when I'm swimming/at the beach.
This might be more accurate: