How to Make Terry Swimsuit Coverups

How to Make Terry Swimsuit Coverups
A terry swimsuit cover up is fairly quick and easy to sew. The pattern is a basic strapless tube shape cut to your desired length. A drawstring around the top and the waist creates the shaping for the garment. Because the channels for the drawstrings are sewn onto the outside of the garment using twill tape, the construction is simple. This makes a good project for beginning sewers.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Terry fabric Twill tape Narrow cording Sewing machine and thread Scissors Measuring tape Tailors' chalk Pins Safety pin
  • Terry fabric
  • Twill tape
  • Narrow cording
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Tailors' chalk
  • Pins
  • Safety pin
Step 1
Measure around your hips and bust at the widest part, and also measure the length from your armpit to the point where you want the hem to fall.
Step 2
Take whichever is the larger of the hip and bust measurements and add 3 inches (for wiggle-room and seaming). This is the cut width for the fabric. The cut length is your desired length plus 3 inches.
Step 3
Cut the terry fabric to the size determined in Step 2. Fold it in half lengthwise with the right sides together, then pin and sew a 1/2-inch seam to form a tube.
Step 4
Fold the top edge of the tube over to the wrong side by a 1/2 inch, and fold it over again by 1 inch. Press, pin and sew along the lower edge of this fold. Repeat this for the bottom edge.
Step 5
Turn your tube right-side-out and place it on a flat surface so that the seam is at the center back. Use tailors' chalk to draw a line down the center front of the tube.
Step 6
Pin the twill tape around the circumference of the tube (on the right side), starting at the chalk line just underneath the fold of the top seam. When you have pinned the tape all the way around, cut the tape so that the two ends of the tape abut at the chalk line.
Step 7
Hold the coverup up to your body so that the top is just under your armpits. Feel where your waist is and mark this with chalk. Measure and mark a line around the circumference of the fabric tube at this level, then pin another length of twill tape around this line in the same manner as the other strip.
Step 8
Sew the two strips of twill tape by stitching along the top and bottom edges of the tape. There should be a tiny opening where the two ends of each strip of tape meet at the center front of the garment.
Step 9
Attach the safety pin to one end of the cording. Insert the safety pin under one row of twill tape through the gap where the ends meet, and work it all the way along the channel by pushing and pulling the safety pin until it reappears at the center opening again. Cut the cord so that there are two long tails and knot each end. Repeat this for the channel at the waist.

Tips & Warnings

 
Try using twill tape in a contrasting color to the terry fabric for a decorative effect. It is easy to add straps to the coverup if you wish-just use two extra lengths of twill tape and stitch them to the inside of the top edge. Use French Terry instead of regular terry fabric for a more lightweight version of the coverup.
 
Try using twill tape in a contrasting color to the terry fabric for a decorative effect.
 
It is easy to add straps to the coverup if you wish-just use two extra lengths of twill tape and stitch them to the inside of the top edge.
 
Use French Terry instead of regular terry fabric for a more lightweight version of the coverup.
 
The size of the twill tape and cording that you purchase is important-the cording must be thin enough to fit within the channel created when you sew the tape down.
 
The size of the twill tape and cording that you purchase is important-the cording must be thin enough to fit within the channel created when you sew the tape down.

Article Written By J.C. Lewis

J.C. Lewis is the editor and co-owner of a weekly newspaper, as well as a staffer and regular contributor to a group of three newspapers in Los Angeles, Calif. Her writing has appeared on USAToday.com, Hotels.com and various other websites. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science in politics from the University of Bristol, England.

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