Tuesday, June 5, 2012

DIY Halter Wrap Swim Coverup (NO SEW!)

(WANT TO WIN THIS?! CLICK HERE!)
Number FOUR people. Every time I think the wraps are over, you request a new one! I love that. I have a cute little shirt cover up I want to do, but it's waiting to debut until the wrap craze has subsided.
I really love how this one turned out. If you go with the basic version posted here, it shouldn't take more than 20 minutes, tops. If you want to add in hems, it will take a bit longer.


(1) Measure it. Your fabric should be about your waist + bust measurement. If your hips are very disproportionate to your waist and bust, then you may need to add in a bit of extra fabric. Wrap around yourself with the two ends crossing about 6 inches before cutting. Next, measure the length you want it to fall and cut it down. You can have it hit at/above/below the knees or even be full length.

(2) Cut it. Cut in your halter. Fold the top 2 corners over as shown in the pictures. Remember how you used to fold a piece of paper in half (or still do if you're me...) to cut out a heart? Same idea, only you're going with more of an angle. You want the oval shape to "point" toward the corner. Also, I cut mine in at 10 by 6 inches. It ended up being way too deep. I didn't take in account for how much jersey stretches. Start around 7 inches and then add in more if you want a deeper "v".

(3) Treat it. (OPTIONAL!) If you want to sew, you can either hem all of the edges OR you can run a straight stitch through all of the cut edges. You can also treat with Fray Check. Jersey knit doesn't fray, though. If you don't care about perfect edges, leave as is! I get a lot of complaints about my lack of hemming jersey knit... but I blog 5x per week, so sometimes I just have to show you what CAN be done and leave it to you how far you take it.
(4) Wrap it. Put your neck through one hole and then the other. So easy. It went very low on my back, but using less material would result in it hanging a bit higher, though it won't turn out well if you skimp too much. If you still need some clarification- please click HERE.

I hope you like this one! I'll be giving away three beach wraps this summer to my FACEBOOK FANS (one per month). I may give extra chances to win (sharing on facebook, blog or pinterest) and will keep you posted when this month's giveaway post goes up.
We're off to a strong, but busy week. Hoping to get a lot of fun things done, but we'll see which projects make the cut! I hope your week has been good to you so far. All the best, and as always, thanks for reading! 
TERMS OF USE (Modified from ISLY)

This project is free for personal use is not to be distributed/republished without my consent. If this inspires a project for your own blog, that is awesome! But please remember to link back to my original post. Please do not copy this text, use the images or steal this idea for any publications. Thanks for promoting the freedom to INSPIRE!

24 comments:

  1. I am really getting inspired by your posts. I live in the desert - summer temps well over 110 a good chunk of it! I am looking at some of these and thinking if I just do this and that - I have an amazing adorable light weight summer dress! I need to write the ideas down and go for it this week. I am naturally blessed/cursed with size 36I breasts on a 5'4" frame. Buying cute little summer dresses isn't in my world. Thanks for being so inspirational!

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    1. Oh my GOODNESS! You are definitely making me sweat, just reading that. That's one warm world :) I'm SO glad you're inspired! It's so easy to make summer pieces that are nice and breezy, plus they require less attention to detail and exactness. Maybe I'll do an entire week of tutorials on easy, breezy clothes just for your super hot environment! Thanks so much for the encouragement!

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  2. Okay, this one is my favorite! As soon as I get some cute knit I'm going to make it. Perfect for mornings at the pool with my little people!

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    1. Kristel, I think it's my favorite, too! Mmm... pools are so blissful. SO glad summer is HERE!

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  3. Hi Auna, I actually saw that secret catalog version first and then found you through Pinterest. I made your original version already, but my first thought was to do mine somewhat like this halter version, but with armholes instead of going over the head and around the neck. Do you think that might work? Love to hear your thoughts.

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    1. Hi Marisa!
      Hm... The pareo version has arm-holes in the corners. Were you thinking of putting the arm holes toward the middle and then tying the excess on each side around your neck?

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    2. Great idea, I might try this!

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  4. For the life of me, I don't understand how to fold it. Can someone help me out?

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    1. i would LOVE to help you out!! What fold are you looking for? The one for the neckline??

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    2. Me too! Do you fold once then again to make the neck?

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    3. Nope- just once per corner! if the rectangle is on the ground, the holes are in the top right and left corners of the LONG edge. You just fold each corner on the diagonal and cut. Maybe a video would help?

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  5. Cute! Where did you find that fabric?

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    1. Hobby Lobby! And it was very affordable- I think just about $6/yard.

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    2. Thanks! Love the stripes. So adorable. Nice work!

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  6. Hi, love this! I dont like showing off my arms. Any ideas on a cover up in terry cloth that would also cover arms and be attractive? You said you liked a challenge.
    Thanks.

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    1. I do like a challenge! Something can be made, though it will require sewing unlike this super easy little number. I'll see what I can whip up- though I bet your arms are lovely!

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  7. Love this :) I got some really cute knit fabric marked down to a dollar a yard and bought a whole bolt knowing I would find a use for it.

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    1. What a deal!! I'm sure you'll find a million uses :)

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  8. This is so simple it's succeeded at confusing me beyond belief.

    HELP! lol

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    1. Oh no! E-mail me at la.vie@aol.com and we can walk through it :)

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  9. I wish I could figure out how to do it ... so cute.... I think I need a photo of the whole thing laid out - end to end.... Any chance we could have one more photo?

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    1. Hi Jeanie! There is a link right above the last photo to a page with more clarification :) there is a pattern on that page! Hope that helps!

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