The “Better Belted” Sun Suit Ensemble
Fabric: Maxi Dress – Target 2010
Pattern: Self Drafted
Year: a mix of modern and 1960’s
Notions: elastic from stash
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: February, 2012
Wear again? Yes. Not in February though.
Total price: $0
Wish I was more creative with the title. This maxi dress was my go-to pregnant dress 2 years ago. It only fit while pregnant, since I am very short it drags on the ground otherwise. Why didn’t I just hem it you ask? Well, I didn’t want to lose the beautiful design on the bottom of the dress. Needless to say, I hardly wore the dress after giving birth, I am not going to be pregnant anytime soon if at all again. So the dress needed a makeover.
I was watching Blue Hawaii the other night, and the part where Joan Blackman is removing her wrap skirt and her ensemble becomes a swim suit. I wanted to do that! I am always inspired by Edith Head(costume designer for Blue Hawaii) and this was my tribute to her. I took the top of the maxi dress, laid a bathing suit on top of it and traced out the leg/crotch part with scissors. The rest of the maxi dress I saved for a skirt to go over. Not enough for a wrap skirt, but easy enough to please. I used elastic for the leg holes and elastic for the waist band of the skirt. I pieced it with a belt to not look like a poorly made toddler romper, and headed off to my Dad’s house to use his pool as a backdrop. No joke, It was 50 degrees Celsius and I was cold every time the breeze came in, but it was sunny enough to feel a little warm at times. I really shouldn’t complain – it’s snowing somewhere. But really, out her in Southern California, that Puxatony Phil is disregarded when he predicts 6 more weeks of Winter. It’s just not possible in our neck of the woods. I say “Silly groundhog, seeing your shadow means the sun is out, and if the sun is out then it’s going to be a beautiful day. Don’t fear it, embrace it my furry friend”
All in all, I like my new sun suit. It’s an excuse to wear for sun bathing, but am not required or obligated to get in the pool. I also like how much it covers my backside. This will get worn again, even if I do always have to wear a belt with it. Gives me an excuse to shop for more belts. I recommend tackling this project if you too get bored of your maxi dress.