Last summer I made myself a maxi dress swim coverup. It worked well for pregnancy, but once I wasn't pregnant anymore I never wore it. Since I made it to accomodate a big pregnant belly, it ended up being kind of shapeless (rather than nice and fitted like this one), and since it was maxi length I never got any sun on my legs, which I definitely didn't like.
So I did a quick little refashion to pull in the waist and bring up the hemline. I gave it a scooped hemline for a little interesting detail and I love how it turned out. It's flattering, breezy, and perfect for days at the beach. With this little quick fix, this dress will now get tons of use. In fact, I'll probably make myself one or two more!
|sunglasses & sandals: target // swimsuit: gap|
- 1 1/2 yards of stretchy knit fabric (more or less depending on your size and desired dress length
- matching thread
- 1/4" wide elastic
Step 1. Use the instructions here to make your basic dress. Just make it roughly knee length, rather than floor length.
Step 2. Try your dress on and determine where you'd like your waistband. Mark with a pin.
Now turn the top of the dress down to your pin mark (so right sides are together) and pin all the way around the mid-section. Then sew all the way around, about one inch down from the folded edge (as shown below with the dotted line).
In this second seam, make sure you leave a two inch space at the end so you can insert your elastic.
Step 4. Measure your natural waist and then cut a piece of 1/4" wide elastic to that length. Feed your elastic through the casing and then sew the two elastic ends together. Now sew the 2" opening closed. Your dress should now look like this:
And the waistband should look like this:
And that's it! A perfect lightweight dress for summer days at the beach!
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