Posted By admin on August 11, 2007
This pink outfit in the first picture and the brown pants in the second picture are made of Solarweave fabric. It provides an SPF 30+ and is very loose and breathable, and just really convenient. It ended up being a lot less expensive than the one-piece sun-protective outfit she has, that is made out of the same type of material. You can see that out-fit in my last post here: Laugh it Off.
We purchased one yard each of the fabric in pink, tan/brown, and white for a total $30. My mom, who is an awesome seamstress, was able to make Lyra a shirt with a hood and a pair of pants out of the pink, 2 pairs of pants out of the brown, and 2 shirts out of the white, one with a hood and one without. That ONE one-piece sun protective outfit retails for $40. Obviously, if you know someone who can sew, buying the fabric by the yard and making the outfits, is a much better deal.
Lyra wears these A LOT. It’s much easier to throw these on her to go run errands than to slather on half a bottle of sunscreen. For now, as you can see in the picture below the pants are long enough that they even cover her feet. I know it kind of looks like she has some GINORMOUS long legs, but really my mom just made them a little extra long so Lyra wouldn’t grow out of them as fast. I told my mom she should start her own line of inexpensive sun protective clothing, but so far she doesn’t seem too interested. Here is the website where we purchased the fabric: Sungrubbies. They have the fabric in pink, blue, tan, black, and white. If having outfits made isn’t an option, you can find several websites/retailers of sun-protective clothing in the Resources section. They can provide just as much sun protection and can be a handy alternative to sunscreen, AND, you don’t have to reapply these every 2 hrs.
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