My fifth summer in Florida, with the beach close by and a pool in the yard, but I’m only just now getting around to making a beach cover-up. This is in part due to my indecision on what I wanted. Finally, I have something, and I’m quite pleased with the result.
I chose New Look 6575 and modified it. This 2018 Simplicity group release has no description, but the lines looked workable for me. I originally bought it to make a tunic, but was worried about the low neckline. I made the medium since I definitely wanted a loose look.
It recommended challis, chambray, cotton lawn, double georgette, gauze, soft linen and silk types. I chose a very inexpensive rayon challis I purchased from Fabric Mart. It’s very shifty, and printed off grain, so I didn’t use it for the project originally intended. I figured it wouldn’t matter as much here, though I wasn’t able to match the pattern very well.
I added trim: a beautiful embroidered cotton lace from Joyce Trimming. I ordered two widths and hand-stitched them together to create the width I needed. I ordered 4 yards and used all but a couple of inches!!! (And the cut was generous.) I replaced the front band on view B, and added the lace to the completed sleeve and shirt hems. Adding the lace effectively lengthened the cover-up to just above the knee. It adds a bit of modesty, without making it too boring.
The directions for this were fine, though I deviated at several points. To add the lace to the front, I sewed a 5/8ths narrow hem to the front (stay stitch first!). I then stitched the lace to the front pieces. I added the fabric band to the back neck, then stitched the shoulder/upper sleeve seams. Then I applied the facing for the back band.
The other change was to the casing. I stitched the “waist” with the 3/4 seam as requested, but rather than the convoluted method they suggested, I serged the seam together, pressed down. Finally, I top stitched 1/2 inch away from the waist seam to create the casing.
I was right! This is very low cut – below the point of the bra. Perfect for a swim cover-up, less so for everyday wear. I was surprised at how flattering something that low cut could be on me though. And I love the finished product.