In between downpours, there really have been some nice beach days. I’ve been to the NC coast a couple of times already even though it is 2 hours away! There are a few essentials for the beach, but I try to keep it to a minimum. After all, anything I take with me I have to lug over the sand and back, which can be a workout if you have too much.
One of the things that is essential is some kind of coverup. Usually for me it’s shorts and a t-shirt, but it can be a drag pulling those back on over a wet bathing suit. And I sort of feel like I’m stripping on the beach when I take them off. So I’ve been looking for an easy to make coverup. As usual Pinterest has lots of ideas!
There are many variations of this first pin. They all seem to be based on a coverup that someone pinned from an online vendor – I’ve seen it pinned in orange or white, you’ve probably seen it too. But these are homemade versions and they are so stinking easy to make there is no reason not to have several!
This first one is from The Joneses Blog. I think it is the easiest one because all Lisa does is cut a hole for the arms and braid some material for the straps.
Her design is based on this post from La Vie en Rose. Auna shows you how to do some more tapering, so if you want to do that, go here to find out how.
From Caitlin at TeaspoonSF, is the basically the same coverup but with a tip on using a tank as a pattern for the arms holes.
This is an absolutely no-sew version from Watch Out for the Woestmans. Doranda uses a hot glue gun to adhere the straps!
Now if you aren’t comfortable with the lowness of the back, La Vie en Rose also has a high back version.
Here are a few other coverups that I like as well. What I like about this one from Merrick at Merricks Art is that it looks just like a dress. I’d feel comfortable going from the beach to a restaurant or store in this one.
From Adventures of a Middle SisterPin Cookie, here is a coverup made from an oversized t-shirt which Allie tie-dyed first!
From Meream at Bored and Crafty, here is a very simple sewn coverup. What I like about it is that you could easily lengthen it if you felt like you wanted a little more coverage at the bottom.
And lastly, from Yvonne at Choo Cha Handmade is this caftan. Now if you are like me, the word caftan brings some pretty horrific ideas to mind. But this one is really cute. I like the fabric she chose and when you check the web site, you’ll see a version that isn’t tapered at the bottom. I like the drape of that one more, but love the fabric on this one.
So you should be all set for an outing to the beach. If you are feeling really industrious, make a coordinating beach bag – you know you can find a pattern on Pinterest!
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