Sewing A Themed Wardrobe: The Zip-Front Rash Guard Pattern Hack

Hi Everyone! Welcome to Part 3 of Sewing A Themed Wardrobe. In this tutorial, we create a fresh new look for the Liberty Jane Rash Guard Top, a classic Malibu Libby design! We've flipped things around this time and have modified this into a zip-front rash guard top. The tutorial added as a printable PDF so it's easy to follow along. I invite you to grab your pattern, print the pdf, and follow along to see how we did it!

Are you ready? Let's go...

First, let's take a look at our inspiration:

This is inspired by the new AG GOTY doll, her swim outfit is pictured on the far left. The other two looks are on-trend surf styles from brands like Roxy®. The main elements are:

  • Zip front design
  • Contrasting fabrics blocked to create impact
  • One-piece or just a top
  • Swim shorts and flip flops complete the look!


Ok, follow along to see how we created our look...

Part 3 Tutorial - The Zip-Front Rash Guard Pattern Hack:

Week Two Task:

  • Print out the Zip-Front Rash Guard Pattern Hack instruction PDF from the SWC Bonuses Section.
  • Grab your Rash Guard pattern and get ready to sew (this has been free multiple times, so many of you should have it in your stash)!
  • Select the fabrics you'd like to make this look. Swim knits are essential. Look for solids or prints that have a nice contrast. There are a few websites mentioned in the Ultimate Resource Guide if you are looking for places to shop.
  • Jump over the SWC Facebook Group for conversation and project sharing.

Here are a few additional video resources that might help you with this project. Shortening a separating zipper, and sewing with swim fabrics.



Patterns used in this weeks video example:

The Liberty Jane Rash Guard pattern for 18" dolls.



Next Tuesday - Part 4: It's all about swimsuits and accessories!



    July 05, 2023

    Yep. Still a problem. Would really like that PDF.


    May 30, 2023

    I can’t find the pdf for the pattern hack in the SWC bonus section either. Can you please tell me where it is. Thank you.


    July 12, 2020

    Please, can you help, I have the same problem as Ruth ? I can find the Zip-Front Rash Guard Pattern Hack instruction PDF on part 3 of the So-Cal Styled Themed Wardrobe to print ?
    Thank you !


    June 27, 2020

    Please can you help me, I am clicking on the link :- Zip-Front Rash Guard Pattern Hack instruction PDF on part 3 of the So-Cal Styled Themed Wardrobe to print them off but getting a 404 error message. When I go to the SWC Bonuses Section I don’t see it there. Am I too late (27th June 2020)? I don’t see any extra time limits attached to the link info. Please can you explain. Thanks

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