Swimsuit cover upI purchased this beautiful white linen shirt sometime ago to wear with jeans. I wore it twice and I wore it proudly. On the second time I wore it, a photo was taken on the day we girls got together to pick out our bridesmaid's dresses for my niece's wedding. I am the one on left with the white tunic.
They are all thin girls and I stood out like a hot air balloon ready to float away. I realized from the photo how big the shirt made me look. (Kind of like an Indian tepee).
Never again would I wear this shirt. It sat in my closet for a year, or perhaps two.
Recently we planned a trip to South Beach with my sister and her spouse. Knowing my sister, we were going to spend 80% of our time in the pool or at the beach. (She is part fish or she may have gills).
I needed a swimsuit cover up. I checked on line and found one I really liked. It was a Ralph Lauren cover up which resembled my top. I actually like my refashioned version better than the designers coverup.
|Ralph Lauren swimsuit cover up|
So....... Uh huh! An idea popped into my head and a smile on my face.
No need to buy one. I can make one!
Steps for refashioning a shirt:
I started by cutting off the sleeves and from the sleeves I cut out two strips for armhole facings.
|Remove the sleeves.|
|Sew on facing along the armhole, then turn in and top stitch|
Open side seam, about waist area on both sides.
My new swimsuit cover up:
Oh, yes one more thing I forgot to mention. I gathered the shoulders by sewing casings under the shoulder seams. Than I ran a drawstring through and tied it with a bow to create the gather shoulders.