Sunday, July 15, 2012

Bathing Suit Cover-Up

I saw an adorable bathing suit cover-up on Pinterest and had to give it a try.  I used the tutorial from  the La Vie en Rose blog.  I basically followed her directions, with a few changes.  For the record, this took more than the 20 minutes that she claims, but it was probably because of the extras I added.  I wanted the top to be more secure so I crossed the braided straps in the back.  This proved to be impossible to take on and off, so I put fabric-covered buttons on the front so I can unbutton the straps to take it off.  It still isn't the easiest thing to put on and takes a bit of maneuvering, but I think it will be ok.  I also used a pink lycra/spandex material instead of using jersey.  Instead of leaving the edges raw, I serged the edges with my Aunt Cindy's fancy serger.  I stretched the fabric as I serged to make a wavy lettuce edge.  I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.  Now its time to hit the beach!
Fabric-covered button and braided strap.
The edges were finished on a serger with a ruffled lettuce edge.
Braided straps cross in the back.
Back view.

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