Make, Do and Mend

The cyber-diary of what this homemaker makes, does and sometimes mends.
My motto is "if you do stuff, stuff gets done"

Monday, June 3, 2013

Princess Swim Cover-up

First,  an Oklahoma update
the last 2 weeks have been the most destructive and stressful set of weather conditions. 
 I know you have all heard about it on your news reports.  
My town has only had lots of rain and some wind damage.
Thank you all for your prayers and concern for Oklahoma. 

We are fine, just shook up and wanting to be better prepared.
We are talking to some contractors about having a safe room built.
more on that when it happens.  

My daughter saw several versions of terry cloth swim cover ups that are inspired by Disney princesses at different web sites.  
Grand daughter Elizabeth is fondest of Rapunzel so her momma asked me to try and sew up one.  
She brought over a yard of lavender terry cloth and a half yard of pink  terry cloth and 3 yards of ribbon.  

Here is what I ended up with.  
the front
excuse any wrinkles-
I did not iron anything while sewing this-
I think  ironing would flatten the terry cloth  texture. 


Close up of the top
Ribbon criss cross on the triangle front
5 rows of ribbon on each sleeve

 yes it is the same dress but photographed at a different time and looks like a different color.

I used bias tape for the neck and sleeves to hold the elastic.
For the elastic at the waist,  I used the stretch and sew method and it worked great.
All seams got finished with a close zig zag as the terry cloth ravels easily.

and I made it just a bit bigger as this 100% cotton fabric will shrink when laundered.

For the pattern,  I used a free printable pattern from

Scattered Thoughts of  a Crafty Mom
I found her blog doing a search for a free peasant dress pattern,  she has lots of other good projects too.

Partying at 

Craft School Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom

and at
Manuela's (from A Cultivated Nest) and her friend's brand new blog hop
The Creative Home Acre Hop

and with
Danielle at Sunday Blog Hop.  Blissful and Domestic


  1. I am glad to hear that you are safe. I like the idea of a safe room. We are pondering a storm shelter as we do not have a basement.

    Cute pool cover up!

  2. We have been following the sad and scary news out of OK, glad your family is safe. We WOULD borrow money if need be to have a safe room built!!! Super cute cover up for you grand, I know she will love it

  3. I am glad to hear that you are fine. With all of the tornados you get a safe room sounds like an great investment.

    The cover up is adorable.

  4. just adorable...so thankful you and your family are fine!!

  5. That is an adorable little cover-up! You've done a good job on it, Rhonda and I know little Elizabeth will love it. So cute!!!

  6. Glad you are safe, and that is one cute cover-up!

  7. That's a perfect little cover up! So cute, too...she'll certainly look like a little princess (even more than she already does, if that's possible! ha.)

  8. I just stumbled upon your blog a couple weeks ago. So glad to hear you and your family are well and were not impacted by the recent storms there.

  9. I just wanted to drop you a line, Shoestringmanor.com is now more. I am at http://www.shouldbelimited.blogspot.com/ there was a major screw up with my domain registration.

  10. Hope you are OK Rhonda. Missing your posts! Angela

  11. This is a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing!!! I might have to make some of these for my littles to put on after baths.


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