- 1 yard Zebras Printed on a UV Protective Compression Tricot w/ Aloe Vera Microcapsules
- 1 yard Nude Shaper Power-Mesh
With March finally behind us, I am officially thinking about nothing but the beach. I've always been a bit terrified to try my hand at swimwear, but I knew I'd have to make something with this amazing zebra tricot. A surprisingly easy-to-make body suit ensued!Fabrics & materials used:
- Swimwear fabric - I used neoprene from Mood Designer Fabrics:
- Dritz 3/8” Cotton swimwear elastic
- Fabric scissors
- Heavy-duty thread
- Dressmaker chalk or mark-be-gone
- Dritz loop turner
- 1-piece pre-owned bathing suit
- Pin elastic in place around armholes, and leg openings- stitch down 1/8" away from edge.
- Turn in seam allowance with elastic, stitch and stretch elastic as you sew to finish.
If you'd like to make a cute, lace-up adult swim suit we have more posts here!
poly crepe de chine, with a terrifically bold geometric print. There are countless ways to use a huge swath of fabric like this, but I've outlined some of my favorites! 1. Cheater's Kimono Shawl
I may have lied - THIS might be the easiest. Untie one of the two knots from your kimono shawl, and it's instantly transformed into a chic, flowy vest!
3. Simple Maxi
Maxi dresses will never be out of style at the beach. This one can be made in about 12 seconds flat! Just wrap it around your body and then tie it behind your neck.
4. Simple Maxi with Flair!
This one is nearly identical to its predecessor. However, before you tie the straps behind your head, you can twist them around each other twice, giving the front bodice an extra cute detail!
5. Toga! Toga!
When you want full coverage, without the restrictions that can sometimes come with a full-length wrap dress, this toga is totally the way to go. It simply ties over one shoulder, leaving one side of your cover-up free to flow with the beach breeze!
6&7. Casual Vest or Long Skirt - You Decide!
Long and flowy might not be your style - no worries! If that's the case, try knotting your fabric around your waist and around your neck for a slouchy vest look. Or, simply fold it in half and knot it at your waist for a sarong skirt!
8. All Grecian
If you liked the toga aesthetic, but didn't care for the huge opening on the side, you can pull your straps under and then over your shoulder to create a similar look without fearing the breeze!
So how many more ways can you think of to tie your new fabric for a fun beach ensemble?
- Swimwear fabric- I used neoprene from Mood Designer Fabrics product #309116
- Dritz 3/8” Cotton swimwear elastic (4-5 packs depending on your size)
- Paper scissors, Pattern scissors
- Measuring tape
- Heavy-duty thread
- Dress maker chalk or mark-be-gone
- Dritz loop turner-for spaghetti straps
- Lining- Nude shaper power mesh (optional) Product #: 111767
- Discard front strap pattern pieces. We are making a cute lace up!
- Cut out fabric and transfer all marking from pattern to fabric
- Measure a strip of fabric 18”x 2”
- Fold over and pin
- Stitch along side using 5/8” seam allowance and trim
- Use the loop turner to pull fabric right side out. This can be tricky, but be patient-you'll get it!
- Place strap starting at bottom of neck opening. Pin and cut as you go. Criss-crossing as you pin. Repeat until you reach your desired “lace-up” height
- Stitch in place and trim off edges for clean finish
- Place elastic 3/8” from edge and pin at armhole and remaining length of strap.
- Stitch elastic down at edge. Turn in seam allowance along with elastic, stitch to finish.
- Cut 2 elastic pieces the length of your ties. Place elastic and tie end together, hook and pull through using the loop turner.
- Pin each tie in place at back and stitch.
- Bring the top edge of shoulder strap to the back, pin and stitch in place.
- With right sides facing pin front brief to back brief and stitch starting at crotch. Stretch to fit curved edge.
- Stitch together at sides matching notches and markings.
- Pin along the entire length of opening. Stitch 3/8” away from edge stretching elastic to fit as you go.
- Turn back seam allowance with elastic and stitch to finish.