18" doll swimsuit cover-up

Today's tutorial is a super cute swimsuit cover-up! It features fun racer-back styling, a single tie at the front, and two tiny pockets. And the best part? All you need is an old t-shirt and the (free!) Liberty Jane Trendy T-Shirt pattern.

    

Cut a 2 1/2" wide strip off the bottom of your t-shirt, including the original hem, then cut out the fronts and backs as the pattern directs (you don't need the sleeves). The finished cover-up will open in the front, so for our purposes, we'll pretend the back is the front, and the front is the back. Got it? Let's go!

Next, we'll do some fancy trimming. Open up the shirt, and then refold it along the original front's foldline. Lay the two 'backs' (what will become our fronts) on top of each other, being careful to line everything up. You'll make three sets of cuts; refer to the picture below to see how big and where to make them.

Then, re-open the top, and hem both armholes and the neckline. Once that's done, sew the side seams!

 

Next, take the 2 1/2" strip you cut off the bottom of the shirt. If you used the shirt's hemline, you can save yourself a step, like I did here; otherwise, take a minute and run a narrow hem along one long edge. Cut the strip so that it's 25" long -- or as close to that as you can get with your tee.

Finally, hem the front edges and add the ties and pockets.

Then, put it on your doll and let her have a blast!

                                          

Happy summer!

Melinda

 

PS: Does your doll need a new swimsuit to go with her cover-up? Liberty Jane has a free swimsuit pattern too!


8 Comments

Tricia C
Tricia C

July 11, 2014

What a fun tutorial! I love repurposing things. The directions were very clear and helpful. I love the little cover up I made today. Thank you for this.

Delia
Delia

July 08, 2014

The bathing suit is easy to make and fits perfectly. I used a bathing suite form my daughter that didn’t fit any more. It Came out so cute That all her friends started bringing me their los suites!! I will try this next! Think you for your patterns.

Marge R. (mer)
Marge R. (mer)

September 01, 2013

I have swimsuit fabric I purchased just to make your free swimsuit and NOW I can make a matching adorable cover-up — thank you SOOO much, Cinnamon!!! LOVE it!!!

Madison
Madison

August 26, 2013

I love it!! So cute!!

Elna
Elna

August 12, 2013

This is put on the to do list. Great!

Sue Tanksley
Sue Tanksley

July 23, 2013

Thank you for sharing another cute garment. I love you website and have almost all of your patterns. A BIG fan. Sue

Darlene Crawford
Darlene Crawford

July 22, 2013

Very cute and thank you for giving this. I just made four bathing suits from liberty jane patterns and the timing was great as now I will make cover ups to match. I have several dolls

Pauline Turner
Pauline Turner

July 21, 2013

I love all of your patterns, I think they are very cute and I have fun making them for my grand daughters and great grand daughters as well. alot of them are different than other patterns. Which is different. Thanks keep it up. I think I have all of your patterns so far.

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