Friday, August 19, 2011

DIY Swimsuit Cover Tutorial!

Happy Friday everyone! It's been a long week for me and I'm so ready to just relax and enjoy my weekend.   I thought I'd do another swimsuit post before the summer is over, there is also a small tutorial at the bottom.  I hope you enjoy it! 

I started this swimsuit cover over a year ago and never got around to finish it, until now... and since I was in the mood I decided to pull out this gray fabric that I've had for quite a while.  I've left this fabric untouched until now because I didn't want to ruin it.  This fabric had a  purpose since the moment I bought it, and here it is!  I love making swimsuits, I made this one using an old swimsuit as a pattern and even though it was extremely time consuming I am getting better...I'm sure I'll be making more of these in the future.

I just realized that everything in this post is DIY!
The shorts were refashioned from an old pair of pants.

Materials: thread, needle, scissors and a lightweight fabric.

  The amount of fabric you will need depends on how long you want your cover to be.  My fabric is 43"Wx52"L.  Take in mind the width of your fabric because that will affect the length of your sleeves.  I didn't add a hem on the sleeves since we have the selvage to finish off those edges, but you may want to depending on your fabric.

Fold fabric so that the fold is at the top and raw edges at the bottom 
Sew two seam lines parallel to each other creating your sleeves
 Stop about 2" from the bottom leaving room for a hem
  Cut a slit at the top with a slight scoop for your neckline 
and hem,

Et voila c'est fini! 

Just to give you an idea, the side seams for my cover are 13" long and they are at a 17" distance from each other.  The neckline is 16" long, but you may need to adjust this according to your own measurements.

I hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial!



  1. Nice one Erika, thanks for sharing this! This will definitely come in handy when summer time comes back. I'd definitely want to try this out! - Mar
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  2. :) Thank you Mar, I live in Arizona it's still super hot over here!

  3. I like it, it turned out really good. I also like the new swimsuit, looks like it is really difficult to make, good job!

  4. that was gorgeous! can you do a one piece swimsuit?

  5. Beautiful and easy pattern! Very nice, I must sew this