This is a simple pattern for keeping cool in summer! It is super cute either as a swimwear cover-all or, with a bit of tweaking, a glam party dress. Using a light - weight material this instructable calls for someone with some skill and/or lots of patience. But with simple cotton (heavier, but still cool) it is perfect for beginners.
Step 1: What you need
- A sewing machine (with thin needle - size 8,9 or 10)
- A piece of light weight cotton (roughly 1m x 1.5m / 60in x 40in) for a long shirt/short dress
*if you fold the piece in half and lay it across your front and it goes from elbow to elbow and down to mid -thigh it's about right (see pic)
*My material was a scarf from "RUBI shoes" that i never wore in winter.
- A length of cord/ribbon to tie
- Thread of a corresponding or contrasting colour (not too thick or it will make the seams pucker)
- Quick-un-pick (seam ripper)
- Fabric chalk
- Measuring tape
Step 2: Draw and cut the neck hole
Step 3: Prep the sewing machine
Firstly, try and use a needle sized 8,9 or 10. Next, set the stitch length to between 1.5 and 2 (to stop the material shrinking). Then, move the needle as far to the left as possible to give it more support from the plate (do this by setting the width to as large as your machine goes).
Now you may do a test straight stitch.
Watch for puckering due to:
- thread tension too high
- thread too heavy, or,
- needle to large