November 17, 2021 7 min read

As the temperature is going higher, all we want to do is to do nothing and enjoy hot summer days. And is there a better place for vacation, than the beach?

Now, the only thing you have to decide on is what to wear to the beach

Of course, you will want a little summer dress, a nice shirt, and some shorts. And all of that you can find in a store, but what if we tell you that you can make your beach clothing at your home? That way you can add a personal touch to fashion, and be unique and memorable. 

What a Lovely Idea To Sew Beach Clothes

With hot days that are coming, we all need a little refreshment. But besides us, our garment needs some refreshment too. But, before you grab your wallet and run off to the store, how about getting some new perspective?

What if you could create some new pieces of women's summer clothing from old clothes, covers, scarfs, etc.

Let’s think about that for a second. You can reuse all the old clothes that sit in the back of your closet.

You can save up some money, and make a good deed for the environment. Sounds like a lovely idea?

You can make new shirts, skirts, shorts, dresses, with or without sewing. Or just give your old ones a fresh look, as you dye them in some new colors or add some new details. You can also have a custom t shirt design.

So let’s dive in, and make some great pieces of clothing before your bare feet feel that awesome sensation of beach sand. 

What Is The Best Material To Use In The Summer?

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It is summer, it is hot, you are more likely to sweat, and get all kinds of rashes and irritations, so you will probably want your skin to breathe to avoid all of that. The best way for that is to wear some light, natural fabric that will absorb sweat and keep your skin dry and safe. 

There are a few possible options for you:

  • Cotton is light and great for absorbing liquid. It will let your skin breathe and cool your body.
  • Linen is a fabric that drys very fast and is very light. When wearing linen, you will feel like you do not even have clothes on you. 
  • Silk is another fast dry natural fabric. It won’t feel sticky, actually, it feels very smooth and soft, very pleasant. 
  • Seersucker is a bubbly cotton material that is extremely breathable, very popular on hot summer days. 

One last piece of advice for choosing the right materials for your summer clothes. For sunny, hot days, it is better to choose light colors like white and beige, since they absorb less of the sun’s radiation than dark colors. It always feels warmer when you wear black.

How To Create DIY Dresses Or a Cover?

Now let’s talk about how to prepare your own beach fashion show for this summer. There are a lot of different types of dresses and covers you can make from shirts, old dresses, scarfs, towels, or canvas.

It can be fun and practical to wear some of these pieces. For example, you can use canvas or towels as a dress for a trip to the beach, and later for a pad to sit on while you are on a beach. All you have to do is to grab canvas for its ends and cross it over your neck. You will get nice folding in front of your body. Canvas will cover most parts, and still let your back breathe. 

Also, you can make a summer dress with a big shirt. Sew hand openings with a needle and a thread, and turn them inside, which will be pockets on your new dress. Put a shirt on you, but lower it under the shoulders. Ad some belt under your chest. And there you have it, nice, wide, stylish, beach dress with open shoulders.

How To Get Creative With Your Dress and Cover?

There are a lot of fun things you can do with your dresses and covers to give them new fun and fresh look. You can even organize a fun bonding activity for your friends to enjoy too before the common vacation you all can’t wait to start. 

You can make your new dress even more special (or just freshen up your old one) by dyeing it in some new colors. 

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One way to do it is to crumple the dress and tie it with rubber bands. Prepare boiling water and add some of the following (depending on the color you want to get): purple cabbage, onions, hibiscus tea, chamomile, peppermint leaves, etc. Sink your beach dress into boiling water and let it sit for a few hours. Dry the dress and it is ready for you to wear. 

You can use scissors to make villi or to add some unique cuts to your new dress. Use wool to make pom-poms, or crochet some flowers and ornaments to your beach dress. The possibilities are endless, you just have to let your creativity work for you. 

Tips For Choosing Accessories And Details

The possibilities are endless for making beach outfits with only one new summer piece. Especially when you are wearing light-colored monochrome clothes. The best choice is to wear some big earrings or other pieces of jewelry. Or you can go with a colorful bag that will break the monotony of a one-color dress. 

You can use belts and wraps to style your dress and maybe emphasize the waist. You can use pom-poms and badges to add little details to your beach clothes and make them fun. 

To Wrap Things Up

Summer fashion is a very important thing to consider when preparing for a vacation. To freshen up your garment for this season, you have a lot of possibilities to make your own pieces of clothing. 

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That way you can save money and save the environment. The best materials to use are cotton, linen, and silk. Those are natural fabrics that will keep your skin dry while get you to breathe. You can make your garment from shirts, towels, canvas, etc. U can use interesting accessories to make it even better.

Let’s move and make some new clothing, let’s make this summer fun, colorful, and full of great fashion, while on vacation. 

Commonly Asked Questions

How do you make a skirt wrap?

Here's the short version: Measure waist + desired length. Choose your wrap fabric, making sure it has like colors on both sides. Cut 2x fabric ( + seam allowance for hem, about 1"). Make one long piece of fabric (again + hem) Sew all fabric together along the long side. Hem the two ends of fabric. Sew the fabric to itself, just above where you hemmed the ends. Insert the waste into the skirt. 

How do you dress for the beach?

There are some considerations to take into account when dressing for the beach. A trip or vacation to the beach is not only about the fun in the sun!. Sure, the suntan is wonderful, but it can also be harmful to your skin. With some planning, you can help reduce the chances of burning. Here are some tips on how to dress for the beach.

During the day, even on cloudy days, the sun's rays are strong enough to cause you to redden. Be sure to protect your skin by using sunscreen specially designed for your face. Another option is to cover up with clothing and use sunscreen on the uncovered areas. Sunscreens not only protect your skin from UV Rays, but they can also fight against signs of aging.

How do you make a homemade sarong?

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A simple way to make a sarong is to cut a large rectangle of fabric with a hem on three sides, and a hole large enough to fit the neck of the wearer on the unfolded part.

Take a large piece of fabric – a meter or bigger is suggested. Fold the longer ends in so they meet in the middle of the fabric. Put it on your neck and tie it in the back so the fabric hangs down in front of you.

Can I wear jeans to the beach?

There are mixed feelings on this issue. There are some that will say you can, but then again there are others that say no way. However, if you are just walking to the beach your hips will be more of a hindrance than the jeans. The same holds true if you are sitting for a long time at the beach. 

The problem is that when you go to sit you will find that the jeans will ride up when you open your legs to sit down and they will be exposed to the sand when that happens. So what do you do? Wearing a longer top is the obvious choice, but that shouldn't take away from the beauty of the beach.

How can I look pretty at the beach?

To start you should wear sunscreen at all times of the year, even in the winter! You should wear sunglasses on your head (if your head wants them there) to cover your neck, ears, and collar bone. 

Good walking shoes are important. There is nothing more frustrating than walking in wet sand with flip-flops. Many people like the look of tan lines, but beware that tan lines are one of the most common body alterations visible to everyone (except for that time that you wore the tight spandex shorts to the beach).

Author - Fred Felton
Fred Felton          

Content Creator / Editor

Fred Felton is a copywriter, editor and social media specialist based in Durban, South Africa. He has over 20 years of experience in creating high end content. He has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world. Currently Fred specialises in the adventure watersports space, focussing on surf, kayak and rafting. He is also a keynote speaker and has presented talks and workshops in South Africa.

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