K has been in need of something to wear over her swimsuit that was long enough to cover her bottom. Often times, the girls will change by the car after a day spent at the beach. (we typically visit beaches where there are no public facilities) When you're little like BK and MG, a quick change in the back of the minivan is no trouble. But when you're 5' 5", it starts to get a little difficult. This is our solution:
I used the free racerback dress pattern from Crafter Hours. It only goes up to a size 8 but I made a few changes to ensure it would fit K who is 13 years old. Turns out I didn't need to do most of the modifications as I ended up having to take the sides in!
- 1 inch added to the fold line of the lower and upper back plus the front
- dropped armhole 1/2 inch
- made the front neckline 3/4 inch lower
- added 2 inches to the overall length
- rolled hem on my mom's serger
The only mods I should have done: lowering the front neckline, lengthening/rolled hem, and adding the inch to the 2 back pattern pieces. Live and learn.:)
I used a cotton/lycra french terry print that I believe came from The Fabric Fairy last year. The binding is turquoise interlock that my mom had in her fabric stash.
The coverup hasn't been put to the test of roadside changing (tomorrow!) but it served K well at the local water park. She likes it so much than upon returning home and getting out of her swimsuit, she put the coverup back on.
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