Sunday, April 7, 2013

BEACH WRAP FAQ and a Giveaway!

*PLEASE do not post the patterns/ info graphics to Pinterest :)*
This post is so long overdue. Over the last year, I've received *hundreds* of emails asking questions about how to make the beach wrap. And comments. Oh, the comments.
I figured it would be easiest to make an FAQ post with an info graphic and then decided to giveaway a beach wrap I made that is too small for me (it was for someone else). I also doctored up the beach wrap a little bit and loved how it turned out- so check below for this quick fix!
Just for a refresher, there are 5 types of beach wraps made by me...
1. Classic- here
2. Halter- here
3. Pareo/no sew- here
4. High back- here
5. Full length- here.
Let's start with the FAQ's
1. Can I make the beach wrap with a higher back? People often ask if they can just make it tighter to raise the backline. The short answer is yes, but you will end up with a wrap that lays oddly in front. It's definitely OK to pull it a little tighter for a mid-rise back, but not much more. If you want a high back wrap, stick with the one I designed for beach to street, which is linked at the top. 
2. Where can I buy a pareo? I bought mine from 1 World Sarong through amazon.com. 
3. How much fabric should I use? I've gone through a lot formulas, but the safest route is to go to a store and actually wrap the jersey around you to see what is loose enough. You can always cut down and there are millions of things to do with jersey, but you can't add it back as easily. The wrap needs to go around you 1.5 times and have extra inches for draping, the excess is preference and will depend on your body shape. 
4. Can I use a different fabric? A lot of people want to use a towel or terry cloth, which is fine, but won't have the same effect. You may not want it to drape as much, since it will end up looking more messy and won't fall as nicely as jersey. 
5. Where do I cut the....? For all questions about cutting clarification, please see the info graphics. I think they're very clear and helpful, but if they aren't let me know and I'll get to it! I'm going to say this multiple times- there are a lot of sites that steal things like this from bloggers (especially a certain country, who defended it with pride). It may not seem like a big deal, but it really is harmful to steal views from a blog by posting entire tutorials or info graphics like this. These are owned by me and I will take action if they are used (or any part of them is used) on any site, publication, *pinterest* or anywhere else that can be thought of.  So please, please, please... if you want to use them for something, email me and we'll talk about it. I hate having to do that, but having had a lot of things stolen, it's just necessary :( I know I made a lot of mistakes when I first started blogging, and don't blame people who do the same as they start out. No one may have told them yet!  
On to the info graphics!

And here's the infographic for the halter and no-sew wraps.
I apologize for the pattern quality. They used to be much clearer, but people were pinning these graphics and using them like crazy against policy so I had to go in and change them :/
Lastly, I added studs to the sites of strap attachment on this black beach wrap. It kind of hides the corners and makes it look better. You could also add buttons or bows on these areas. Another idea is to wrap a small piece of fabric over the corners and tack it down in back. I should probably take a picture of this.
This is also the wrap I'm giving away. It's pretty tiny. It would fit a very petite woman- max measurements of 31, 23, 34 in each category. If you fall into that- please comment below! It was made for a winner from last summer who I could never get in contact with and now needs a good home.
That's all from me! I hope your week has treated you very well. I have a little spa DIY coming to round out the week and then we're into the weekend again. The days go by so fast.
All the best, and as always, thanks for reading! 

31 comments:

  1. I love these wraps, and I would love to win! :) Thanks for providing the tutorial for it!

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    1. Lady - you may be the only one small enough to wear it! haha :) :) Good luck!

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    2. Thanks! Here's hoping! I may try my hand this weekend at making one. I'll let you know how it goes. :)

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  2. Love the update and patterns and having everything in one place. I've posted the finished versions of your cover ups on my blog with a link back to you. Thank you for taking the time to make these patterns (for free).

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    1. You... are the best :) Merci!! Hopefully this cuts down on questions and makes it a pleasant project for all who embark!

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  3. I love this post, it def. clears up some of the questions that I had when making my own. Also I want to say thank you for replying earlier to my comment on facebook about making the wrap. :)

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    1. I'm *so* glad! There were hundreds and hundreds of comments and questions, so clearly this should have been done a long time ago :/ Thanks for reading, and for leaving love!

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  4. Thanks for the awesome updated tutorial! Cant wait to make one or two for this summer :) I'm small enough, I'd love to win the beach wrap. :)

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  5. I cannot wait to the Summer. Nice idea, and I would also fit in it :)

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    1. Fantastic! I'll draw a name at the end of the week :)

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  6. I need to buy some fabric to finally make this, but I would love it if I could enter the giveaway, since I actually am small enough to fit the measurements of the wrap you made before! Thanks for posting your tutorial!

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    1. You can definitely enter! I'll draw a name at the end of the week :)

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  7. I just discovered your blog through pinterest ! So excited , I think I 'll spend my non working day just browsing your blog ;-) I'd like to be eligible for the give away : sadly enough not for me (I am not Tiny enough)but my daughter would be thrilled !

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    1. Wonderful! I will enter you for your lovely daughter :) Enjoy the browsing and thanks for reading!

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  8. Thank you so much for this updated post. Your tutorail was awesome and this one answered all of the questions I had! I loved the wrap when I first saw it in the Victoria's Secret magazine but I knew there was no way I was going to be able to afford that much for a wrap. You made my day, thanks again!

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  9. I forgot to mention that those are almost my exact measurements! Please enter me into your giveaway!

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    1. Congrats, you won! You have one week to contact me (la.vie@aol.com) to redeem the prize!

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  10. ohhh... thank you! it's been such a long time i wanted to make a beachwrap and your tutorial is very clear!

    i think i've found the perfect gift for some of my female friends who have their bithdays in summer!!

    elena (www.elenaperletti.it)

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  11. oh, god! i don't know if my previous comment has gone, so...

    i'll use your tutorial to make some gidt for my friends! thankyou!!!

    elena (www.elenaperletti.it)

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  12. I would love this and I'd get a ton of use out of it!

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  13. hi, I am new to all of this pinterest crafting etc.... [ blogging and twitter are still alien to me}.
    I am probably loads late for your competition, your cover up would only go to make me feel and look as good as I should. I will try making one as soon as I find a supplier of jersey, or even fabric...[just moved and haven't found any where yet} I will be back here soon as I am really enjoying your pages. thank you.

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    1. Unfortunately, yes- I already mailed the cover up away :/ But thank you so much for the compliments! Good luck finding the jersey, you will love the wrap!

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  14. oh I forgot to say I am Ellen from England.

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    1. Ellen from England- I am Auna from America! And I LOVE England! :)

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    2. Hi Auna, pleased to meet you you can find me ( if you woul like) on
      enuttybiri.blogspot .
      I am extremely new at blogging and I dont have a crafty cookie makie gene so it is just me, my thoughts ramblings and words storie and genuine excentricities, I have no followers yet or comments, so maybe it's not what other people want to read. Any way drop in take a look I would love to have someones input.

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  15. Merci beaucoup pour l'idée!
    Laure, France...

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    1. De rien, C'était mon plaisir! <3 J'adore la France, et les Français!

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  16. Hi, love the pattern, I bought some real nice jersey and I am a size x-large and I am wondering about which direction putting the stretch. Sideways or downward?
    Thanks
    Jocelyne

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    1. Hey lady! The wrap should have extra fabric to make it fall nicely, meaning the stretch won't be necessary. Just use whatever way fits better! Did you make sure you had enough fabric to wrap around yourself 1.5 times? If so, you'll be good to go! :) Feel free to e-mail me with pictures and questions if you need more help.

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  17. Didn't work! The stretch being downward instead of sideways makes it too small at 1,5 time my waist! I may add a seam on the side to join another front piece... OE start over!!!

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