Friday, 24 June 2016

DIY Beach Cover-up Tutorial pt.2

Before you proceed, check out my tutorial on how to draw the pattern and choosing the material for this beach cover-up we're going to sew up today:

DIY Beach Cover-Up Turtorial pt.1

This cover-up is a really easy project to make for anyone with some basic sewing skills. It took me less than 2 hours to finish from start to finish, from drawing the pattern to a finished product, so you could easily make this in one afternoon.

Also this is just one way of assembling the cover-up. If you've sown more, you can go and experiment with different techniques. You could even use long folded strips of fabric to add to the sleeves and front edge for a more kimono-y (that's totally a word, right?) look.

To make up

 We're going to start by finishing the back neck edge. For this you'll need either store-bought grosgrain ribbon or you can make it yourself from your fabric. To do this cut 4 cm wide ribbon from your fabric to the bias. This means at a 45 degree angle in relation to the selvage. You'll only need about 30cm for the back of the neck. Fold each side to the middle, about 1cm, and iron.

Sew the ribbon to the right side of the neckline from one edge about 1 cm away. fold to the inside, iron and attach stitching along the open edge.

You could also use this method on the entire front edge if you'd like. I didn't have enough excess fabric to make enough ribbon to do this though.
If you choose this method, only cut 1 cm seam allowance on the front edges and seam the shoulders together before finishing the whole edge with this method.

Next we're going to finish the front edges and sleeve-openings. If you left 2 cm seam-allowance like I did, you can make a double rolled hem on these edges. First iron a 1 cm fold then fold again so you'll have a 1cm wide rolled edge. Stitch close to the fold, about 8mm from the edge.

Now lay out the back piece and connect at the shoulders right sides together. Seam and finish either with a serger or zig-zag.

You could also use French seams if your material is very thin, see-through or if it frays easily. In this case you'll need a bit more seam-allowance.
Now we'll attach the sleeves. Lay our your bodice piece so that both back and front pieces are flat on the table. Match the center of the sleeve piece with the shoulder seam and pin right sides together. Seam and finish.

Remember to iron the seams as you go.

Now fold the front and back pieces right sides together and pin the side seams at the sleeve and sides. Make sure you match the sleeve opening edges carefully. Seam and finish.

Now it's time to finish the cover-up. If you chose to use some embellishment at the bottom edge serge the edge and iron a 1 cm fold on it. Top stitch the embellishment on the edge attaching the folded edge of the fabric at the same time. Fold the ends of your embellishment between the folded edge of the fabric.
If you don't want to use any embellishment, you will have cut a 2cm seam allowance at the bottom as instructed in the first post. In this case you can make a double fold just like we did with the front edges.

And here you go! A super-doper easy beach cover-up you can make in all kinds of fabrics and colors.

If you'd like to give your cover-up a bit more vintage vibe, think about Paul Poiret and the Oriental revival of the 1910s and 20s.
You could make this cover-up a little bit longer and choose a luxurious burn-out velvet or oriental inspired silk. You could even add some feather boa to the edges for a decadent 20's flapper look.
Here are some of Poiret's designs for your inspiration.

"La Perse" Designed by Paul Poiret in 1911. Source

Paul Poret 1913-19. Source

Capy by Paul Poiret, 1926. Source
Illustration, George Barbier, 1912. Source


  1. Ooo! This is lovely. I can see it as my festival wrap if I get my skates on! Thanks for sharing ūüėć

    1. Thank you Janene! I hope this tutorial was helpful :)

  2. This is a wonderful tutorial. I am going to make one for my sister as she loves the 70's styles and this will work perfectly!
    The Artyologist

    1. Thanks Nicole! I'm glad you found this tutorial helpful :)


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