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A simple and pretty dress for an afternoon at the beach!

Posted by merrick.white.12 from Huntington Beach, California, United States • Published See merrick.white.12's 7 projects »
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  • How to make a piece of swimwear. J.Crew Inspired Beach Coverup - Step 1
    Step 1

    Fold your fabric in half, and lay it on a flat surface. Before you cut, make sure the stretch of the fabric will go across the dress, not down.

    Using a loose fitting top as a pattern (with the arms folded in as seen below), cut out the dress with a 1/2 inch seam allowance around the whole thing. When you reach the bottom of your pattern shirt, just continue down at a slight angle until you reach your desired hem length. Since the fabric was folded in half, you should have two (2) identical pieces like the one in the right-hand photo.

  • How to make a piece of swimwear. J.Crew Inspired Beach Coverup - Step 2
    Step 2

    Take the front piece of your dress and fold it in half. Cut the neckline to your desired depth...

  • How to make a piece of swimwear. J.Crew Inspired Beach Coverup - Step 3
    Step 3

    ...and then cut a slit down the middle of the scoop.

  • How to make a piece of swimwear. J.Crew Inspired Beach Coverup - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now let's cut out the sleeves. Using a 3/4 sleeve shirt as a pattern, lay it along the fold of your fabric and cut around the pattern-sleeve, adding a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Make sure the stretch of the fabric is going across the sleeve, not down the sleeve.

  • How to make a piece of swimwear. J.Crew Inspired Beach Coverup - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut two of these.

  • How to make a piece of swimwear. J.Crew Inspired Beach Coverup - Step 6
    Step 6

    Lastly, cut two pieces of fabric to match up to the necklines of both the front and back of your dress. Make sure the stretch of these fabrics go across the dress as well.

    With right sides together, pin the lining pieces to both the front and the back dress pieces, as seen below, and attach with a straight seam.

    *When you sew around the slit on the front neckline, make sure your stitching forms a point at the base of your slit, as seen in the next step*

  • How to make a piece of swimwear. J.Crew Inspired Beach Coverup - Step 7
    Step 7

    Trim the seam allowance, and cut the corners at an angle to avoid bunching.

  • How to make a piece of swimwear. J.Crew Inspired Beach Coverup - Step 8
    Step 8

    Fold the lining over and press into place. Then with a wide straight stitch, sew around the neckline to secure the lining in place. Repeat for the back piece of the dress.

  • Step 9

    With right sides together, pin the front and back dress pieces together at the shoulders. Sew the shoulders together with a straight seam and a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

  • How to make a piece of swimwear. J.Crew Inspired Beach Coverup - Step 10
    Step 10

    Now it's time to attach the sleeves. Lay the dress flat on the ground with the neck hole in the middle (as seen below in the photo on the right), and, with right sides together, pin the sleeve to the arm opening, as seen below.

    Sew sleeve to dress with a straight stitch and a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Repeat for the second sleeve.

  • How to make a piece of swimwear. J.Crew Inspired Beach Coverup - Step 11
    Step 11

    Now your dress should look like this, with the neckline completed, the sleeves attached, and the sides open.

  • How to make a piece of swimwear. J.Crew Inspired Beach Coverup - Step 12
    Step 12

    With right sides together, pin the dress from the end of the sleeve to the hem of the skirt, and sew with a straight stitch and a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

  • How to make a piece of swimwear. J.Crew Inspired Beach Coverup - Step 13
    Step 13

    Hem the sleeves and dress to your desired length, press all the seams, and you're done!

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