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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My favorite part of summer is not having to wear a jacket or coat & being able to go barefoot. I like to be able to wear pretty clothes that people can see (that aren’t covered up with jackets & coats.
The best things?!! I love about Summer > swimming at the cottage! Camp fires and spooky stories, S’mores… the best are the Sunsets ✨and how the grass smells after a rain> and being Thankful I am healthy and alive! to enjoy it all with my families….YUP!
Favorite thing about summer, beautiful flower colors!
I love warm weather and the trees in full color. Green is my favorite color. I also love opportunities to be outside, which I tend to do more in the summer than in winter.
Favorite thing about summer, beautiful flower colors!
Swimming at the beach with ocean waves!
this is darling!
I love going to the beach or playing with my dogs in the backyard
My favorite part of summer is getting to spend time with my family, especially our grandkids! We look forward to making new memories each summer.
I like getting to go swimming!
The breeze moving through the house, the birds singing outside, all the different flowers blooming at different times, and all the vegetables!!
I love EVERYTHING about summer! Warm weather, no jackets, flowers and birds, blue skies, play clothes, taking some vacation time. I’d be happy if summer were year round!
I love everything about summer (except for when it’s too hot outside!) This tutorial is so cute!
I love making crafts to enter into the county fair!
I can’t wait to try this…the ruffle hem is super cute and such a time saver
I love summer days with hikes, picnics and splashing in the lake, before settling down to roast marshmallows and share stories by a campfire.
I love being in the outdoors.
it is very cute the pattern and seems to be simple with the instructions My granddaughter will love this for her doll
Favorite things about summer are sunshine, warmth and long days, being able to enjoy being outside everyday.
I love my garden
Love the ruffled hem detail. Thanks for sharing. Guess I need to pull the swimsuit pattern back out for a complete new summer look.
Pattern looks pretty straight forward
Watched the plants grow and seeing more of the grandchildren.
I love being able to go outside & enjoy the nice weather. The coverup looks great. Thanks for the contest.
Summer is the time we spend in the garden mostly, admiring colours and warmth is the best.
The patterns i have made are true to size and have not needed to adjust anything. Thank you!
I’m a teacher and I love summer vacation, getting to travel, and having more time to sew!
I love the longer days and warmer temperatures of summer. Where I live summer is short lived so we have to enjoy it while we can! Cute tutorial ❤️
My favorite thing about summer is more sunshine!
I like warm summer evenings with a cool breeze as I sit under the trees as the sun sets.
I love gardening in the summer.
Best thing about summer is long days of sunshine!
I love this coverup! I also like the bathing suit patterns in the store. Thanks so much for offering the free instructions at times. It really helps the budget.
Thanks for the giveaway !!!
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.
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.
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!!!
I love it!! So cute!!
This is put on the to do list. Great!
Thank you for sharing another cute garment. I love you website and have almost all of your patterns. A BIG fan. Sue
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
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.
June 21, 2022
I love swimming and I’ll enjoy dressing my dolls up to swim, also! Thanks for the pattern hack!!