I dunno, maybe a year ago, I decided to make my nephew a swim cover up using the Aegean Swim Cover pattern from Hey June. I bought the pattern and downloaded it to my desktop. Then I went to Target and got two beach towels, because I wanted to make one for his sister, too. And then it sat there...and sat there...and sat there. His birthday passed. Christmas passed.
A whole year passed, actually.
So I found myself over Labor Day weekend thinking about this pattern again, because his birthday was coming up...
Then his birthday passed.
And then, on the very next day, I printed the pdf and got to work. It took me just over a week (with only about an hour of actual sewing) to get the two swim covers done. So it's a week late. I can deal with that.
I had no idea what sizes to make. The pattern ranges from 18 months to size 12 or something, so I chose a 4 for the girl and a 6 for the boy. Who knows?
I made one for my niece first. You know, for my nephew's birthday. I'm such a dunce.
That's my little miss modeling it for us. She's two and a half and her cousin will be four this winter, so I hope it fits.
I did a pretty good job of lining up the stripes on the hood, but the sides got wonky:
The nifty thing about this pattern, though, is that it uses the existing hems of the beach towels for the hems of the coverups. I didn't need to hem the bottom or the hood on the dress (or the sleeves on the tunic). I did have one problem with the hem of the dress, because the pattern curved upward, so I cut up into the beach towel's hem. When I sewed the sides together, there was a raw edge where that little curve was. I fixed it by taking the serger to it:
It'll do. And then I got excited about using my serger, so I serged anything I could!
I also forgot to clip the corners on the placket and ended up with some puckering:
As for the little boy's coverup, I did a pretty good job with those hood stripes, as well:
Nice! But then the sides were on crack and one side ended up being too short:
That's like a whole inch. I just serged it. Whatever.
Here's my model again...
She ran to her little house each time I put her in these things. She's such a nut. She didn't want me to take her picture. And then she wanted to go find her camera. I had one of our old digital cameras, but I accidentally left the batteries in it. They oozed and corroded the battery connectors. Boo. Now I don't have a little camera to give her. Maybe I'll have to go see if anyone dumped any at the goodwill. But here's a final shot of her in her little house (another project that I need to work on!):