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Perfect Beach Dress

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The town where I grew up sits in a valley over a mile (1800 meters) above sea level and surrounded by mountains. But if you found it on a map, you'd see we were not really too far from the sea. From time to time, we went to the beach in the back of a big pickup truck. It was the same one they used to move the cattle, horses and chickens to the abattoir, so it was pretty rustic. On the way from my small town to the beach, we would pick a few of my cousins on the way. When I say "a few" cousins, I mean until the pick up truck was full. It only really took 3 or 4 stops to fill the truck because as it happens, I have 68 cousins, if you can believe it, and filling almost anything with my family isn't really all that hard.. It took two hours to get to the beach, a bit more if we had to get out of the truck to say hello to the aunts and uncles, but eventually we would arrive to play in the waves and the surf. We would only come out of the sea to quickly to dress and get the truck back home. Even today, much of the coast of Panama is devoid of human population and you can still find beaches where you will be the only one there. So needless to say, there are no dressing rooms and you learn to do "your business" before you arrive to the beach. That is why stopping to pick a few cousins was very handy and convenient indeed. Because of the lack of facilities, we also learned to dress and to remove certain pieces of clothing without the need of getting completely naked. Of course we had to keep on the bottom part of the bikini. We often wore this under our cut-off shorts made from jeans that were passed down from a bigger sister or cousin, a cotton blouse and sandals. Unfortunately, those cut-off shorts never dried in time for the trip back home. Going from a sea-level, tropical beach back to the mountains in the back of truck is not exactly the most comfortable trip as you can imagine. It was clear to me that I needed a dress that was not too short and not too long that I could wear over my bathing suit and still be able to dry quickly. The Perfect Beach Dress is an A-line dress, meant to be worn over your swimsuit and it falls above the knee. I have made this dress for myself in a few colors. It's my "go to" dress when I come back from the beach and I need to pick to by the store or for a quick dinner before going home. The perfect beach dress to walk back from the pool to your cabin on a cruise or sitting under the thatched roof at a beach bar. It truly is very easy to make, even my mother had one. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Basic sewing Bias tape application SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS XXS to XXL; Chest 39" to 52"; Hemline 59" to 72"

Recommended with this pattern

  • 2 yards of 2" bias tape. I made my own.
  • thread to match
  • clear plastic strap slider adjusters.

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