The countdown to your upcoming vacation is officially on. Whether it’s a trip you’ve had on the books for months or a last-minute journey to a tropical island, there’s no time like right now to start packing. That includes a long list of stylish travel essentials like fabulous swimsuits, cute tassel sandals, crazy colorful sunnies and… easy to wear beach coverups, of course! So here we are, ready to show you how to make the easiest skater dress that works perfectly as a beach cover-up in less than 20 minutes!
Also, if you’re not able to hop on a plane right now, this project is a perfect way to bring a little bit of the tropics to you ;)
Materials and Tools:
— tropical tee or crop top
— 29 x 55-inch piece of stretchy cotton fabric
— matching thread
— tailor’s chalk
— fabric scissors
— sewing machine
1. Decide how long you want the top of your dress to be. Then draw a line using your tailor’s chalk.
2. Cut following the line.
3. Take your piece of cotton fabric and fold it in half. Pin it and sew, following the dashed line as shown below.
4. Fold one inch of fabric along the bottom edge and sew.
5. With your bottom piece facing right side out and your top facing right side in, slide the top through the waist and pin so that the waist of the bottom piece and the bottom edge of the top piece meet. Be sure that the center part of both top and skirt match and pin all around the entire waist.
6. Sew the waist, stretching the fabric between the pins evenly. Once you’re done, turn it right side out.
First, put on your top and decide how long you want the top part of the dress to be. I personally wanted it to end at my waist. Take off your top and mark the waistline using a tailor’s chalk or washable marker. Then cut, following the line.
It’s time to make the bottom part of the dress, so take a 29 x 55-inch piece of cotton fabric and fold it in half (consider that I usually wear a size M, so feel free to add/subtract a couple of inches if you need to). Now sew as shown above. Next, fold one inch of fabric along the bottom edge and sew using your sewing machine.
At this point, with your bottom piece facing right side out and your top facing right side in, slide the top through the waist and pin so that the waist of the bottom piece and the bottom edge of the top piece meet. Be sure that the center part of both top and skirt match. Then, pin evenly in small increments around the entire waist. Finally, sew the waist, stretching the fabric between the pins. Once you’re done, turn it right side out and you’re good to go!
We’re all about the simplicity of this breezy, tropical-inspired look, though you could always add a trendy touch by sewing fringe along the bottom hem.
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