Easy no-pattern beach cover up tutorial.

Summer is here!! Well school summer holidays are here. It’s not exactly been the warmest weather here in the Midlands. Perhaps you are lucky enough to be going to some far flung tropical corner of the world where the sun is properly shining. If you are you might like to make my super easy no pattern beach cover up to pop on after you’ve had a dip in the pool or the sea.

It’s a one size easy fit measuring 100cm across from edge to edge and 100cm down. You could of course adapt this if you wanted it bigger or smaller

Materials:

2 metres of fabric – I used white semi sheer check cotton.

4 metres tassel trim – I used one I found on Etsy here.

1 metre of 1.5cm bias binding.

 

How to make:

  1. Start by folding your fabric selvedge to selvedge in the usual way. Bring one short end down to the other as shown in this diagram.

2. Now your fabric is folded so you have a fold on the left and a fold at the top. Using a fabric marker make a mark from the top left hand folded edge 13cm out towards the selvedge edges. This is your neck width measurement. Make a mark down the left hand folded edge 2cm down from the upper folded edge. Make a second mark down the left hand folded edge 12cm down from the first mark.

Using a ruler with a right angle draw a right angle line approx 8cm from the left hand folded edge at the upper mark, using a curved ruler (you could also use the edge of a plate) join this line with the neck width point. Draw a second line from this point down to the lower mark on the left hand folded edge. These lines are half your back and front neck shape.

Mark a point 50cm out from the left hand folded edge along the shoulder line, draw a right angle line from this point down to the raw edges. Draw a right angle line from the left hand folded edge along the raw edge to evenly square off the bottom edge.

While the fabric is still folded in four layers cut through all four thicknesses along the lower and side line marks. (Pin the thicknesses together so they don’t move while you cut). Also cut through the upper back neck line, leaving the front neckline marked but not cut.

Now unfold the fabric length-ways leaving the selvedges together as shown in the right hand diagram. Cut the front neck line through the two thicknesses, tapering the the line into a smooth line with the back neck.

3. With right sides together pin the bias tape to the neck edge. Start near one shoulder on the back neck, fold the cut raw edge of the binding in, match the raw edge of the binding to the raw edge of the garment. Pin in the crease of the binding. Overlap the binding by approximately 1.5cm where the binding meets. Stitch.

4. Fold the binding along the stitch line. Press inside the garment, pin and stitch the binding close to the internal folded edge.

5. Fold the garment so the lower raw edges match and the side seams are laid flat. With a pin or fabric marker mark a point from the lower edge up the side seam 26cm (this is the side vent opening)and a point from the shoulder down 28cm (this is the armhole). If you have an overlocker it gives a nice finish to neaten the raw edges of the side and lower edges, you can also neaten these edges with a zig zag stitch. Do this at this stage before applying the trim.

6. Starting from the back armhole point, with right sides together pin the tassel trim around the armhole down to the corner along the lower edge and up to the other back armhole.

7. At the corners pinch the trim tape into a mitre. Cut the trim at the back armhole. Pin the remaining trim from upper edge of side vent along back hem to other upper edge of side vent. Stitch trim close to tassel edge of tape where pinned.

8. Join the side seam from armhole point to top of vent. Press seam open. Pin the tassel tape around the armhole to the inside of the garment. Stitch close to to inner edge of tape, pivoting under armhole to stitch across the side seam.

9. Pin the tassel tape to the inside around the hem and vent edges. Stitch close to the inner edge pivoting at corners and upper edge of vents to complete your beach wrap.

 

 

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

1 Comment

  1. Chantal L. on July 22, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    I love the tassel fringe! Great job Julia.

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