Okay, so you want to sew up a swim cover! Here is the size chart to check out which size to make! Remember you are making this from knit fabric so it will stretch. If you’ve made my easy summer tank – the top design is the same so fit will be the same. Any fabric with stretch will work.
Go DOWNLOAD and PRINT the free cover up sewing pattern by clicking below:
Trim the edges and tape together. The layout will look like this. You will need 1.5 yards of 60″ wide fabric to sew this swim cover and the seam allowance is 3/8″. If you have more narrow fabric you will need 3 yards. You will also need ribbed knit for the arm/neck bindings.
Alrighty, let’s get started. Cut the fabric as described on the pattern pieces. Cut an extra strip of 1.5″ wide ribbed binding for around the hood. We will measure the exact length later. Sew the shoulder seams with with right sides together.
Fold the arm binding in half and pin to the arm opening. I pin to both sides, find the middle, then stretch and pin evenly.
Sew to the opening, make sure to sew through all three layers, 1 layer of top and 2 layers of binding. Top Stitch with desired method. I use a double needle as described here in <THIS POST>
Repeat on the other arm.
Sew the curved edge of the hood with the right sides together.
Find the center of the back tank and and center seam of the hood. Pin there and then work towards the front on both sides. Sew the hood to the neckline.
Measure the neckline from one side of the hood, around the hood, and around the front neckline. Cut your 1.5″ wide ribbed knit to 80% of this measurement. You may need to piece together 2 pieces of ribbed knit. I did.
Here’s how I sewed the two pieces of ribbed knit together to get the combined length I needed.
I put one seam on the front center and one on the center of the hood. You could also put the 2 seams on the sides. Stretch and pin the binding around the hood and front neckline.
Sew and topstitch as you did the arm openings.
Sew the pocket together, right sides touching at all sides except one to turn.
Turn through the opening. Pin closed the opening by turning in the sides and pin.
Top-stitch the 2 curved sides of the pocket.
Pin the pocket to the front of the swim cover. Sew the top, sides and bottom to the front.
Sew the sides seams and tack down the under arm seam allowance at the arm binding as shown.
Try on for length and then hem. I turned up a 3/4″ hem and sewed with my double needle. .. I thoght my striped were lined up until I saw the photos of my wearing this cover up… OPPS! The lines and the hem do not match… I still love it though.
Alright.. Here’s another link to go grab the pattern and you can also head back to the first page for the modeled photos.