Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Bathing Suit Cover Up

Singer and Craft magazine are having another contest! It's a bathing suit cover up contest on Flickr. The winner will get a new Singer sewing machine and have their cover up featured in a Singer advertisement, and three runners up will get a Singer dress form and a $25 Maker Shed gift certificate. Again, I am hoping to be a runner up and win a dress form, but it would be awesome to win first place too! If you're interested in entering you can read all about the contest here. The deadline is July 16th, so don't wait too long.

I entered mine today. I might try to make a couple more to enter too. They said today that you can enter up to three different cover ups. I don't know if I can come up with another one though.

Here's what I came up with.

I used a white dress shirt because of how light and airy the material is. I wanted something that I could cover up with, but still stay nice and cool. I also wanted it to be loose, since I would be throwing it on over a wet bathing suit. I am very happy with the way it came out! Even if I don't win I know I will enjoy wearing this.

The neckline, straps, and armholes are all done with a hand rolled hem. This is the first time I've done a rolled hem, and I'm surprised at how well it came out. I'm gonna have to use that technique more often now that I know how. All around the top I did two rows of shirring for the gathers. Here's a closeup of the top.

I like using the shirring to ruffle the top. I imagine this would work on any too big top, but I'm definitely going to try it and find out. This was a men's XXL, and after shirring it fits me, a medium, pretty well. I did have to bring in the sides a bit, but the width at the top was not changed before shirring.

It's really neat how a contest can encourage you to learn new skills, and try new things. I wish I could do this more often.

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