Saturday, November 17, 2012

Swimsuit Cover Up

My mum asked me to make her a swim suit cover up for a holiday she's going on soon. Every time she tries one of these on in shops they're always way too short. She had given me a swim suit cover up she bought but wasn't comfortable wearing so that I could use it as a guide to make another. I tried it on to  get an idea on sizing and found that it came down to my knees - I clearly lucked out on the tall genes in my family!

I tried looking in Lincraft for some cotton voile or something similar but I wasn't very inspired. I ended up seeing a couple of fabrics at the fabric store near my work so we narrowed it down to this cotton silk print.

It was easy enough to trace the pattern, add seam allowance and some extra length. I found the cotton silk was lovely to work with in the cutting stage. It was only when I started trying to pin it and sew it that I realised just how much difference having the silk content affects how slippery it is to work with. It was fine really but never expect cotton silk to behave like cotton!

Believe it or not this is the very first V neck I've ever sewn so I spent a bit of time considering how I was going to finish it. I'm quite a fan of facings but the fabric is quite sheer and it also frays very easily. I ended up choosing to finish it with black cotton bias tape which is such a neat finish I can't believe I hadn't considered it before! The neckline doesn't sit entirely flat and I'm not sure whether it's because the bias tape is perhaps a little heavy? I'm hoping it looks OK when it's on.

I added in this little waistband tie just like the original which works well because the fabric is light and drapes better once it's pulled in the waist.

All in all despite being thrown by the silk cotton it was fun to make!


  1. Oh wow your Mum will be very pleased with that! It's lovely!

  2. Super cover-up! Your mum will be keen to try it out on her holiday...

  3. Absolutely love the cover up. I have a question though - where did you buy the fabric. I'm always on the look-out for fabric shops because they seem to be so few and far between.

    1. This is from a fabric store called "My Hung" on Church Street Parramatta near the Parramatta River. $6.50 a metre for cotton silk - bargain!

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  5. oooh, lovely. Silk cotton is so delicious to wear too, so I have no doubt your mum will love it! Thanks for replying about the shop too - I love to add new 'must-visit' fabric stores to the never-ending list ;)