girl's swim suit cover up refashion

So I bought a girl's (size 14/16) swimsuit cover up last year on clearance ($2) thinking it would be good for the pool.  I  burn easily.  But the long sleeves didn't fit quite right. I put it in the goodwill bin and pulled it back out about 5 times in the last year.  I loved the bright happy fabric and wanted to make it work.  I finally decided I had nothing to lose and started by chopping off the sleeves.

After I hemmed the sleeves, the fit was much better, but it was plain and frankly looked like scrubs.  I took the leftover sleeves, chopped them up.  I sewed them together on the bias to reduce the bulk in the joins, and then tried to figure out how to put the sash I had made on the shirt to make it not so boring.  

At first I thought I would make it an empire waist.  

Still boring.

Then I tied it around my head.  

Cute on me, but did nothing for the shirt.  

Then I pulled it down.  I like this :)  Kind of retro and fun.  Not bad for two dollars to get a light and airy summer blouse!

I love that it's long so I can wear it with jeggings or tuck it in to look pretty and a little more dressy with a skirt.  What do you think?  Should I have just made it into a pillow after all?

And just for you Shannon...

A close up of the earrings from the what I wore in May post.  I kind of love them.  I wear them all the time (see above!).  I made them with a bag of 50 cent clearance finding at JoAnns.  I already had the other parts cause I'm a craft supply hoarder.  :)  

Have you made anything fun lately?


  1. First of all I LOVE the earrings. Amanda will love them too!

    I think the shirt works with the sash acting as a collar--kinda breaks it up and adds interest. Love the bright pink!

  2. Actually, now that I think about it, I probably have about a bazillion scrapbook findings that would work for earrings. I will have to see if I can part with them because Amanda would go nuts with those.


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