Wrap Dress: A pocket-sized swim suit cover-up/towel

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Knit wrap dresses are very fashionable this summer.  I have seen them in various designs and with price tags ranging from $30 to $150.  I decided to write an instructable for a wrap dress that can be made from a very large men’s t-shirt for under $8. The versatility of this design is what makes it so great. This design is unique because when spread out, the dress can serve as a towel to layout on.  It can then be wrapped around your body to be used as a cover-up over a swimsuit.  It even folds so small that it can fit in the pocket of your beach bag!
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Step 1: Step 1: The Supplies

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1 Very large t-shirt *

Thread to match color t-shirt



Sewing machine

* Here is the chart I suggest you use to determine which size of t-shirt you will need.  Be aware that the sizes of T-shirt vary from brand to brand.  I used a “Basic Editions” size 4XL in this instructable.

Dress size      Men’s T-shirt size
12-14                      4XL
8-10                        3XL
6                             2XL

Step 2: Step 2: Cutting out the body of the dress

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Lay out the t-shirt on a table.  For purposes of this step, the “left and right” sleeves are from the viewer’s perspective not the wearer’s perspective.

On the left sleeve, make a mark with a washable marker along the seam of the sleeve 8 ½” from the armpit.

Using a yard stick connect the mark on the left sleeve to the arm pit on the right sleeve and draw a line with the washable marker.

Through both layers of the t-shirt, cut along the left sleeve line  and across the t-shirt to the right armpit.  Set the remaining neck and sleeve section aside.

Cut along the seam under the left armpit.  When you spread it our, you should now have a large almost trapezoid-shaped piece of knit with curves on the top two corners.
TheJuteBox3 years ago
awesome! I was just scouring Pinterest to find this dress, only to see it doesn't give a tutorial :(
you! you not only give a great tutorial, but you up-cycle a T-shirt to boot... LOVE it :)
I'm off to make this now, as I have a full back tattoo session later this afternoon. this wrap will keep me descent in public & allow my artist the full access he needs.
Thanks for the tutorial & enjoy your weekend!! -jor. CEO & Head Seamstress, The JuteBox

... a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: nonhitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, washcloth, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet-weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker might accidentally have "lost". What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.
maka3 years ago
Love it! Unfortunately, if a size 12-14 needs a 4XL shirt, a size 20-22 person like myself would need a bigger shirt than i can imagine finding. Oh well. =( It's still super-awesomesauce!
mathiemom (author)  maka3 years ago
Actually, you could make this from a rectangle of knit fabric. You would have to experiment to find the perfect measurements. I suspect the formula fir the width would be a few inches more than twice the larger of one's bust size or waist size.
scoochmaroo3 years ago
Wow, that's fantastic!