This past weekend, we went on a quick jaunt down to Palos Verdes' Terranea Resort. With swimming pools in every direction, I thought it'd be the perfect time to try out an old Victoria's Secret swimsuit cover-up that I'd picked up precisely for this sort of poolside occasion (15 years ago). Not a great idea. Not only did the cover-up look like a sack of potatoes, this solid mass of crinkled silk trapped the heat like one, too, and left me feeling like I was stuck in an oven. This thing looked great, but it needed ventilation, and fast. So with the fog rolling out and the kids bouncing on the bed, I thought I'd break this classic shift up with the most feminine form of ventilation - a lace panel. The result was a comfortable, stylish redux. And a great weekend under the sun.
|1. Cut a panel out of the back side of dress.|
|2. The crinkling makes this look like it's "v"ing but it's straight.|
|Place lace in the slit.|
|Cut the lace to the desired width. Stitch in place with a simple straight hand-stitch.|
|And here it is in the back.|
|Or the front.|
|Heading for the pool!|