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I posted about Lisa Marie Fernandez’s wetsuit dresses and swimsuits way back in the early days of the blog, and now finally a DIY to satisfy my neoprene needs! This is the p.e.r.f.e.c.t. summer skirt, great for a summer bash or just to add some fun to your hot summer errands. And hello-oo how perfect is this for the beach? Beyond. So what are you waiting for? Buy yourself a cheap thrift store wetsuit (that’s what Natascha did) and get sewing! I’d love to find a wetsuit with fun neon colors, like some hot pinks! Then again plain black with a yellow stripe would be pretty awesome too. It’s the perfect twist on a summer staple. I really wanna try this one.
Here’s how she did it:
1. find a wetsuit at your local second hand store, this one was $11.99

2. cut in half (around the waistline) keep the bottom half.
3. measure from your waist to the desired skirt length (on your side) this will become your outside hemline.
4. lay the bottom half of the wetsuit flat & cut each leg straight across the same length as your hemline measurement.

5. turn inside out, and use a seam ripper / quick unpick / scissors to undo the inside hem.
6. keeping the skirt inside out, sew the front seam straight down the center.
7. turn the skirt around and fold the crotch piece over and pin in place, eliminating a little fabric so that it doesn’t flare and so that the center seam is straight.
8. sew the back seam following the line of the crotch (the original seam line)

9. over-lock the hemline (if you don’t have an over-locker, just do a zigzag stitch!

If you have any questions, leave Natascha a comment and she’ll do her best to explain here.

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Lisa Marie Fernandez in her own wetsuit skirt
Cristina V. Cleveland

Cristina V. Cleveland is a senior beauty editor based in Austin, TX. She has been exploring personal style and decor on Fuji Files since 2009. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, To&From Magazine, Coco+Kelley, CamilleStyles and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.

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Fuji Files was started by Cristina Cleveland, the Managing Editor of NaturallyCurly, the largest hair and beauty content platform. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Teen Vogue, CamilleStyles, Blavity, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, Coco+Kelley, and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.