Iā€™m Sarah.

After graduating college, I worked as a TV news reporter at an NBC affiliate outside of Chicago. I then retired from that life to be a stay at home mom to my three little ones. While at home I was able to rekindle my love for decorating and crafts. A blog seemed like the perfect place to share those ideas. There is inspiration everywhere, I hope you find some here.

{diy} swimsuit cover-up

{diy} swimsuit cover-up

{hey I am guest posting about my pencil skirt over at Clothed Much today you should check it out!}

A couple months ago I bought some turquoise jersey knit from JoAnn's and knew I wanted to make a little sun dress out of it.  I was trying to decide how I wanted to make it and then saw this tutorial and thought that could easily translate to my sun dress. Because I used a tank top as the top, it was a pretty quick project.

Find an old tank top and cut it the length you want. I wanted a bit of an empire waist. I would recommend trying it on and then marking where to cut it because sometimes the tank tops stretch more when wearing them.

To make your skirt, I cut two panels, 50 inches wide by 21 inches long.

To make the ruffle at the top, I sewed a single stitch along the top of each panel. Make sure to leave some extra thread on each end. Then gently pull one piece of thread to create the ruffle.

 Do this to both panels, it should look like this.

I sewed the panels together by putting the two panels on top of each other, right side of the fabric to the right side of the fabric. I used a zig zag stitch along the side of the skirt. I left the top and bottom alone for this step. You could also use your serger for this step.

 This is what your skirt should look like.

To attach the tank top to the skirt, make sure your skirt is inside out, and your tank is right side out. Dive the tank top right in to the skirt.

 Until it looks like this.

Then pin it and do a zig zag stitch or use your serger to sew the two together.
For the bottom hem, you could either just leave it a raw edge, (if you are using jersey knit, it won't fray), or you could sew a hem. I did a double stitch hem, by just folding over the raw egde and then using my double needle and sewed the stitch right on top of the fabric. 
For the braided belt:
Cut three strips of jersey knit about an inch wide and the length is up to you (I cut mine 63 inches long). Mine wasn't long enough to make a bow, but just enough to tie a double knot. Just measure around your waist and leave plenty extra to tie a knot or bow and remember that you need to add about 3 inches more than you want because you will loose some of the length when you braid it. 
I just tied a knot at the end of the braid, but you could easily sew it if you prefer.
I actually hand stitched the belt to the skirt in a few places so that it would stay in place. 
 A super easy and quick sun dress. 

i-top review + giveaway!

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