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!
Melinda, for Pixie Faire
PS: Does your doll need a new swimsuit to go with her cover-up? Liberty Jane has a free swimsuit pattern too!
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We’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment and tell us, What is you favorite thing about summer?
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My favorite thing about Summer is the warmth and sunshine!
My children are all grown with families. I enjoy it when they come and we get to spend time with the grandchildren. Summer is a time I can get outside and work in my flower beds. The flowers are all blooming and the trees are filled out. I like sitting outside on the bench and enjoying the beauty God has created.
I love the warmth and getting out of those winter clothes. Not to mention watermelon.
I love sitting out on the deck with a nice cold glass of lemonade listening to and watching the birds and other animals that come to our property.
Forgot to add I love the butterflies and flowers during the summer.
This is so cute. Can’t wait to try it.
I love the chance to see my grand-kids more because they aren’t in school. We have so much fun together!
I love the relaxed pace and getting to spend more time outdoors.
I like going to the Celtic festivals and watching the dance competitions. We are also representing my husband’s Scottish clan. I’m having fun demonstrating bobbin lacemaking and talking about some of the history as it relates to the Renaissance period.
strawberries and watermelon….
Key lime pie!!
My favorite thing about summer is swimming with my grandchildren in the lake, pool and water parks.
love the produce, the swimming
My favorite thing about summer is babysitting my 3 local grandsons a couple days a week and tending to my vegetable garden!
The lengthened daylight we wait all year to enjoy, wearing a t-shirt and shorts rather than layers, the warmth and sunlight and ability to enjoy the outdoors.
Swimming is my favorite part about summer! I don’t like the heat, but I love meeting up with friends and getting in the pool.
Love the garden produce from my own garden.
Summer is my least favorite time of year. With that said there are things to love – like the lighting bugs in June lighting up our entire yard like an enchanted forest.
My favorite thing about summer is NOTHING! I sincerely dislike the heat, the bugs, the humidity, etc. However, I do love to sew!
My favorite thing about summer is watermelon! And other fresh fruits and veggies. Also the relaxed schedule (most of the time).
The thing I love most about Summer is all of the green in East Tennessee and next is that Fall and cooler weather is not far off!
I love the way the breeze catches long flowing garments in handkerchief linen and cotton batiste.
Thanks for the giveaway!!!
I like summer clothing-light and breezy with lots of colors. Summer clothes seem so much more playful. I have always like that about summer. My winter wardrobe was always much more classic in style.
You always have the cutest projects! The T-shirt and swimsuit will be so fun for this summer! Not sure I want to cover them up!
My favorite thing about summer is not having to stay in the house and getting to see faces that do not come out because of winter. Everything is beautiful and warm.
I love summer with the long warm days. Our summers are so short you have to embrace every special day before it so quickly turns to fall.
My favorite thing about summer is that my far away loved ones can come visit because school is out.
My favorite thing about summer is growing a garden and canning all of the produce!
Love making bouquets with my garden flowers.
My favorite thing about summer is that my grandchildren are out of school and come and stay with us. We get to go to the beach, play games and just have lots of fun activities and outings.
I love the colors of Nature in the summer the shade of green and the flower. The pattern is cute, Thank you
In the summertime, the grass is warm and my little dog loves to roll in it. It makes him so happy. This is the thing I love most about summer.
I love summer to read, sew and garden without worrying about children’s schoolwork!
I love how u get to see folks u do to get to see all winter long..and then like the first blooms of spring flowers you get to see them all summer long
I my favorite things is taking the kids in nanny to the pool every day. I love the water.
My favorite thing about summer, besides the bright hot days, is being able to enjoy the outdoors by playing tennis, hiking, and just hanging out in the warm sun.
Summer is when my daughter is home from school every day — which is a little bittersweet now because she just graduated high school — but the best part of my day is the part I get to spend with her, so not having her gone all day was always my favorite part of summer.
Summer is the time for family get togethers at the backyard swimming pool.
I’m a grown woman, but I still think school vacation is the best part of summer.
I live in Florida and love the warm summer months. So much to do and so many things to enjoy. 😊
I love the trees. Green and lush, hiding the nests and protecting the birds from the rain.
My favorite about summer is longer days
I am a teacher, so my favorite thing about summer is getting some time to relax and refresh.
I love the cover up. Looks like a great idea.
When it ends. I love Fall and Winter!! Thanks for the giveaway!
I love the extra hours of sunlight!
My favourite thing about summer is my daughter being out of school so we can spend time together, especially at the pool!
i love it when the weather is nice and being able to be outside.
I love the slower pace. Reading in the gazebo. Gardening. Barbecue. Don’t need a clock—my days are free.
I love being able to see outside in the sun.
I am not a summer and hot weather person Air condition is the bet thing about summer.
Warm weather and fresh vegetables from the garden! Thank you so very much for all the giveaways,I really like that they are done on this blog through rafflecopter, because not everyone has all the social media platforms and this way gives everyone a chance to enter! So thanks again!
I love using all my cute prints to make summer clothes for my AG doll
Such a cute adaptation. I am looking forward to sewing for a new generation of girls who are discovering the 18 inch doll world. I love the late evening sunlight, and air conditioning. 103 here today!
Not having to bundle up to go outside!! :)
my flower garden blooming never ending colors
Fireworks on the 4th!
I love summertime as all the flowers are blooming, the beaches and mountains are so inviting. Southern California is at its finest during the summer.
Love this site. So many choices I have a difficult time choosing just 1 pattern
love the sunshine and warmer temps.
That’s really hard! The sun, the rain, the butterflies, no jackets, and that you can wear slide on shoes! :) Thanks for the giveaway!
My favorite thing about summer is the beautiful flowers and the fresh vegetables from our garden.
I love all the beautiful flowers and the warm sunshine.
Going on vacation to the beach.
I love the fresh vegetables.
My favorite thing about summer is gardening!
Summers are hot in Arizona. I love watching it from my sewing studio and early morning walks
The long Alaskan days when the sun sets (kind of) around 1130 pm and you don’t really see darkness for months!
I really enjoy finding ideas to use a pattern in other ways that we may not have thought of. I’m a big fan of upcycling and reusing fabric and clothing. This pattern makes a fun coverup for a doll to wear! Thanks.
Home grown tomatoes! Need I say more.
Sunshine and warm temperatures!
I love all the bright colors of summer. Also all the extra time to sew.
I love summer – all of it. Quiet reading time, children chasing fireflies, fireworks and picnics.
I love summer because the flavors of the variety of fruits you get. Most fruits you can get all year long but when summer is here those same fruits have a more juicy and flavorful taste to them then any other time during the year. I also love the breezy summer clothing you can get or make to wear throughout the warm summer weather.
Teaching Neighborhood Bible Clubs out in people’s yards throughout town. (Basically taking VBS out to where the kids are.)
What I love about summer is the lighter fabrics to sew with.
My favorite thing about summer is being outside! I love watching the birds, and enjoy seeing all my flowers boom!!! I enjoy just being outside and enjoying the great warm weather!!!
Grandchildren can visit more often. Gardening—vegetables and flowers. No brutal below zero temps, summer colors, baseball games.
Love to watch the butterflies.
I love the warm weather and getting outside as much as possible!
Love the longer, sunny days of summer and the warm air. Cover up is super cute and I’m going to make a few of those
My favorite thing about summer is watching the birds, and just being able to enjoy the outdoors.
I love summer mornings when the bird’s singing wakes me up.
I love summer and wearing Sandals!
I love the long days and warmth! Cute cover-up!!
I love summer for it’s long days filled with bright sunshine. Green is my favorite color so I love all of the green beauty of nature.
What I love the most about summer is Camping and my swimming pool
My favorite thing about summer is that both of my daughters are off! They are both teachers and I am retired from working in the school system. We get to spend much more time together! I love being with them and my grandchildren!
love summer activities! this is sooo cute! thanks for all your patterns
I love having light airy clothing.
I’m not a big fan of summer but I do love the fresh produce from the garden. I do love the July 4th activities in our small town. I’ve made this cover up for years and it looks so cute on the dolls.
I love summer for all the fresh fruits and veggies, for sunshine, for the new baby deer, for warm days and nights.
My favorite thing is produce from the garden!
I love the warmer weather and enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables from our garden.
I love making doll clothes for my granddaughters and always come to PixieFaire to get them. I haven’t been disappointed yet in the patterns and service. This coverup will be a great addition to the swimsuits I’m currently making for them.
I love going to the cabin and relaxing.
January 09, 2023
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