Sew Your Own Bathing Suit Coverup

by Kimberly Hickok

I spend a lot of time in a bathing suit in the summer and have been super frustrated trying to find a coverup that didn’t make me look like a hoochy mama OR a 100-year-old woman. So I took matters into my own hands, whipped Sew Your Own Bathing Suit Coverupout my sewing machine and made my own. It wasn’t hard to do and I totally encourage you to sew your own bathing suit coverup.

I used New Look pattern 6803  – the pattern cost less than $5. I needed about 2 1/2 yards of fabric.
The fabric was $9.99/yard and was on sale for 50% off. By the time I added in the buttons for the embellishments, I paid $22. Not bad.

Total sewing time was 3 1/2 hours. That includes the time to cut out the pattern and sew on the buttons. I would consider this a pattern that requires intermediate sewing experience but there are lots and lots of patterns that require even less sewing ability.

So if you have a sewing machine that’s collecting dust, try a simple pattern like this to get you going.

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Janice Doty May 3, 2010 - 10:39 am

Great Job Kim! It looks wonderful on you, just right as a coverup.

It does seem hard to find “just right” clothes these days (either that or I am not fashionable). Kudos for taking the initiative to make your own.

Heather May 3, 2010 - 8:11 pm

It is gorgeous and I might have you make me one!!! I have NO sewing experience. You look fab. Love the pics!!

Miriam May 4, 2010 - 3:04 am

Kim, this is gorgeous! Reminds me that I’d better get back to the apron I’m sewing…

michele May 4, 2010 - 3:10 am

I love that, Kim! Looks great on you!! I need one of those for relaxing on the boat!

Kim May 4, 2010 - 11:32 am

I forgot to mention which pattern view I used. It was D, a short tunic that you can also sew a belt for.

Erin d. April 5, 2011 - 12:13 am

I love this! I want to sew my own, too. Can you email me what fabric you used?

Thanks so much!


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