I am super excited for our trip to Hawaii next week!! I have several muumuus (my family calls them “dusters”) that my grandma brings whenever she comes to visit from the Philippines. The fabric from these dresses are so thin and soft, which is great for lounging around in when there’s a heatwave outside, although they aren’t exactly the most fashionable thing to wear. BUT only after a couple of hours, I now have a romper/cover-up for strolling along the beach AND I feel that the print is definitely appropriate for the location 🙂
Pictured above is an old pair of loose-fitting shorts that I used as a pattern, making sure to cut extra fabric for seam allowance and the hemline.
With the remaining fabric, two bodice pieces. I didn’t have a pattern, so I just winged it. I ended up cutting two of each of the shapes above. NOTE: The piece in the bottom left will be the bottom back, and the one on the right will be the bottom front. You will need to remember this when you attach the bodice to the bottoms, otherwise you might end up with the front of the bodice attached to the back of the shorts XD
To make the shorts, line up the side seams of one bottom back piece to one front piece with right sides facing. Sew along the side seam and press open (1). Line up the inseams with right sides facing, sew along this edge and press (2). When you have both legs sewn, flip one inside out and insert the piece that is right side out into the other. Line up the crotch edges (it should look like a U shape) and sew along this edge (3). When you open it up it should look like a pair of shorts (4).
For the bodice, I placed the pieces right sides facing and sewed along the center back seam and where the straps meet. I, then, hemmed along the front and back edges, attached the bodice to the shorts with right sides facing and sewed along the the waist with the result pictured above. Another note: I ended up having to sew bust darts on the sides to prevent the sides from gaping.