Freckles in April: DIY Swimsuit Cover-up

Monday, July 8, 2013

DIY Swimsuit Cover-up

While looking for swimsuit cover-ups I came across this pin and though, "Huh. That looks easy."

Spoiler: it is. It took me about an hour. Including taking pictures.

You need two shirts: one tank top that fits around your upper chest and an extra large button up shirt. These cost me $6 combined at Goodwill.

Wash, iron, etc.

Cut the tank top under the arm holes. I made a serious rookie mistake here: I forgot to account for the seam allowance. DON'T DO THAT. Remember to add an extra half inch or so!

Cut your big shirt like so:

Then put right sides together and sew a seam down each side.

Trim any top unevenness.

Then take your tank top and pin it, right sides together, inside your other shirt.

I was prepared to do some gathering on the front of the orange shirt to get it to match up to my tank, but somehow my front sides matched up perfectly. I added a pleat in the back to take up the extra fabric in back. Due to the lack of seam allowance on my tank top, I used a tight zig zag and a very small seam allowance to attach mine.

Back pleat


Necklace c/o Style Lately

Our big Ikea print is the closest this swimsuit cover up will come to the ocean this summer. Sigh.

I've worn it to the pool a handful of times now and so far it has been great! I always worry my sewing projects will fall apart :)

Want to see a way cooler swimsuit cover-up? Melissa never fails to rock my world with her sewing projects!

Have you ever DIYed a swimsuit cover-up? How did it turn out?

Like this post? You may also enjoy my DIY kimono sundress!


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  1. This is great! What a fun idea, thanks for sharing!

  2. Way cute! I've not once ever been tempted by any crafty project I've seen ever. That has all changed now :) Cute.

  3. This doesn't just look like a swimsuit cover-up, it looks like a legit summer beach dress. Super cute!

  4. This looks amazing! Might even tempt me to get out my sewing machine again this summer lol

  5. This is such a lovely suit and it looks so awesome on you.Cool.

  6. Aww!!! I'm blushing!! Thanks for the sweet shout out. Love this cover up! The colors go so nicely together.

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