You know you’re going to the beach this year, or spending lots of time by a local swimming pool, and that’s going to cost plenty. There’s admission money, sunscreen, foods and drinks you’ll purchase while there – it can sure accumulate to a bunch of dough. One thing you won’t have to worry about is a bathing suit cover-up. You can make for one for the price of a yard of fabric and that’s likely cheaper than retail price. It’s an easy sewing job to create a bathing suit cover-up that looks like a skirt but is worn like a strapless dress.
Fold the fabric in half and lay it on a flat surface so that the fold is facing you. Measure around your hips then halfway around again. Draw a line that’s half that length across the top of the fabric, from the fold, over towards the edges of the cloth. Down the fold, mark an area for how long you want the bathing suit cover-up to be – knee length, floor length, or somewhere in between. Make sure to allow an inch for hemming and an inch for the waistline hem. Also, when you’re measuring for the length, measure from below the underarm area, down to the length you want.
After cutting out the fabric piece, unfold it, then turn the bottom edge under a half-inch, and once again, and sew the hem. Do the same thing to the top edge. Fold the material again, with right sides together, and sew the side seam. (For a larger design, cut two separate pieces of fabric and make two side seams).
Measure around your chest, just below the underarm area, and cut a piece of quarter-inch to half-inch elastic to that size. Now you have two choices. You can make a slit in the hem, slide the elastic through, and tie a knot in the ends. You’ll find it much easier to slide the elastic through the channel if you attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic.
A second choice you have is to simply sew the elastic into the waistband. Position the end of the elastic on the side of the skirt, and take a couple of straight stitches. With the needle down, pull the elastic to tighten it, then sew a few inches. Continue to pull the elastic as you sew, checking now and then to make sure you have the right amount of elastic to make it back to where you began. Pull the elastic too tight and the bathing suit cover-up will be very tight to wear. Don’t pull it tight enough, however, and it will be a bit too large. If you want, you can attach ribbons or spaghetti straps to ensure the cover-up doesn’t fall down while you’re wearing it.
It’s so cheap and easy to make the bathing suit cover-up if you use a fabric such as gauze. You’ll love the breezy, lightweight cover-up for the beach, poolside or sitting outside in your own backyard.