5.25.2012

easy swimsuit cover ups

this is another project that i found on pinterest and followed thru on making. victoria's secret also sells a swim cover up similar to this for about $50 i think, and this one costs less than $10 to make (and i made two.) i found instructions for this on pinterest at http://laviediy.blogspot.com/2012/02/diy-20-minute-beach-cover-up.html. i got my jersey fabric from fabric.com. so you measure the fabric by wrapping it around yourself loosely, cut there. cut armhols in two corners - i used a plate to get a nice shape cut. then cut some strips to braid for the straps - it was so nice out when i was making this that i did all my braiding in the backyard by the inflatable pool. figure out  how long the straps should be and stitch them to the armholes. and now you could be done, i went one step further and surged the entire seam - but it is jersey material and won't fray so you could skip this step. of course, this step is where i ran into trouble because my sewing machine started eating my fabric and i yanked it out, but it still turned out well. i had enough fabric left over that i made a second cover up for alex, as you can see her modeling it. the cover up is really light and comfortable to wear in the heat, i think i might make another one in bright yellow. the only thing i'd change is i'd make my armholes a little smaller - i believe it would pull less with weight if the armholes were smaller.
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