Shirred Towel Cover-up Dress!
The perfect Beachwear!
Everyone likes to wrap themselves in a towel after swimming!
This cover-up dress is best!
With simple straps that match her swimsuit...
she is ready to go from the beach or pool!
Perfect for wearing to a picnic or fun place that you "might" get wet!
Just look at that tan!
You'll have to sew "straight" lines...you'll at least get lots of practice!
Lightweight towel (heavy plush towels will not work well...think cheap!)
Some double folded bias tape, ribbon or something for straps (optional)
Iron with steam setting
It's actually very simple.
Here's the trickiest part:
Hand wind the elastic thread around your bobbin.
you'll need to add a slight pull while wrapping**
This may take the most tweaking as every sewing machine is different.
with regular thread through the needle.
Again, plush is not your friend. It wont gather enough...save it for showering off.
But a thin, cheap towel is the best. You could even upcycle some old towels!
You'll sew down the side that you would typically wrap around your body.
Now line up that presser foot right on the edge and sew a few stitches.
Backstitch and then sew the entire row.
The line up the presser foot next to the row you just did...and sew, backstitch...sew the row!
I was nervous it wasn't getting enough of a gather...but it worked out great!
Depending on who you are making this for...you can
decide how much width of shirring you want.
Iron with steam.
The elastic thread will scrunch up more when it's ironed and steamed.
So go over all your stitches.
Lay the right sides of the towel together, lining up the back seams.
Sew down that edge twice...really locking in all that elastic.
Then trim all those threads!
You can use as a halter...or add some straps to prevent slippage.
We are ready for an exotic getaway now! :)