#SewSwimSocial (our Instagram swimsuit sewing challenge) is still going on for a few more days! I took a break from swimsuit sewing to make this dress for the beach!
It’s always nice to have a swimsuit cover up that will take you to the beach and back! I love a cover up that is thin and breathes well, but that doesn’t wrinkle in my beach bag. This 2-way stretch tri-blend jersey from Sly Fox Fabrics is so soft! It’s a great choice made up with the Deer Creek Dress by New Horizons. I usually hit up the grocery store on the way back from the beach and this dress gives me enough coverage that I don’t turn into Olaf in the freezer aisle, lol!
I was so excited to get to try out a new to me pattern designer! I heard really good things there patterns, but I just never gotten around to making one and this gave me the perfect opportunity. The pattern came together easily – dolmans are easy to put together and a great project for beginners, if you’re just getting into sewing knits. The sizing was spot on – I sewed an XS and didn’t even need to grade between sizes! Next time I will do my regular adjustments to make the bodice front fit better: a narrow shoulder adjustment and a small bust adjustment.
I hacked the shoulders and added a drawstring and a drawstring casing. (Truth be told, I looked off the Sienna Top by Sinclair Patterns for this hack. It was very helpful!) I also lengthened the sleeve. I figured I would need more length so that I would have extra fabric to ruche with. I think I may have added a little too much, in fact I think it would have worked just fine with the original pattern pieces. In reality you don’t need a lot extra for ruching the shoulder. The sleeve can just be shorter and be just fine.
As you can see, the fabric is lightweight but has enough thickness to not be see-through. (I’ve worn it here with a blue swimsuit so you can see how it looks with something darker underneath.)
If you’re going to use tri-blend jersey (I have yet to find some with 4-way stretch) you may want to add some length to your bodice piece. I usually have to shorten all of my bodice pieces to fit my petite stature. I shortened the bodice and cut the pattern piece out but it just didn’t look right. I held it up to my body and even with the waist seem I knew that it would be too short.
I am 5’1″ and I ended up lengthening the bodice by 1/2 inch. As it stands, the top of the elastic casing ends just above my waist and it is very comfortable.
I don’t know about you, but I detest elastic waist that is too tight! I never cut my waist elastic until I pull it through the casing and check the fit. The waistline is pulled in just enough to stay put and has plenty of room for movement.
I hope you have a fabulous week! Go sew something awesome!
One more thing — Sly Fox Fabrics has a monthly drawing to giveaway a serger! You can enter on the website!!
Note: The pattern and materials in this post were provided to me for free, in exchange for me blogging and sharing them with all of you! All opinions expressed are my own.