We recently took a family trip to an indoor waterpark to celebrate Logan's fifth birthday. I wanted to make both of the boys a swimsuit cover-up, but as usual, I had more imagination than time. My idea was to transform an adult-sized robe into two little cover-ups, but my first attempt proved a little more snug on Logan than I thought it should be. So I passed it down to the little brother. And then I ran out of robe. So Logan's will have to wait.
I gave this little boys cover-up inset sleeves, but if you are thinking of making one for your little boy, skip the separate sleeves and go kimono (or dolman) style.
I added this trim for an extra bit of boy color. A swim cover-up, unfortunately, is not something that screams boy, so I tried to make it unmistakably boyish.
And a hood helps with that mission, too.
I'm not sure the tie at the waist is particularly boyish, but it's blue jersey knit from my t-shirt scraps. I thought the cover-up needed a little waist definition. I sewed a casing around the waist on the inside with regular cotton woven fabric and threaded the tie through it. Then I cut a couple of tiny holes to pull the tie through the front on both sides.
It keeps him warm, so we're both happy.
And this one I made for me. I used a yard of dark purple terry and sewed a basic rectangle. I made a casing at the top with cotton woven and threaded elastic through it. I would definitely recommend straps and I might add some. It's a little too easy for this to slide down . . . but maybe that's just a small bust problem.
I left the bottom edge frayed and sewed a couple lines of stitching to prevent too much fraying.
And because I love extra details, I added a couple of in-seam pockets. Genius idea, just not carried out all that well. I didn't measure where I put them so they are a little too low to be really useful. But it did help me understand how these types of pockets are formed.
A good start for my first attempt at both types. Now if Summer would just come a little quicker.