Shirred Swimsuit Cover up Tutorial!

 

Whew!  I have been busting my hiney on Sewing School, so I thought it was time for a break!  I wanted to post this tutorial a couple of weeks ago, but figured I would wait until we had covered all the topics/techniques needed to make it.  It’s super simple, but if you have any questions or get stuck please feel free to ask in the comments section!

 

What you’ll need:

 

light weight fabric ~I used a voile from Anna Maria Horner’s Little Folks 

elastic thread

matching thread

 

Size

XS

S

M

L

XL

45”

1 5/8

1 ¾

1 7/8

2

2

54”

1

1

1 ¾

1 ¾

1 7/8

60”

1

1

1 1/8

1 ¾

1 7/8

 

Here is the cut list: 

 

Size

XS

S

M

L

XL

Bust Measurement

30 -32”

33 – 35”

36 – 38”

39 – 41”

42 -44”

Dress

cut 2

24 ½” w

 x

23 ¾” l

26 ½” w

x

24 ½” l

28 ¾” w

x

25 ½” l

31” w

x

25 ¾” l

33 ¼” w

X

26 ¾” l

Ruffle

cut 2

5” x WOF

5” x WOF

5” x WOF*

5 1/2’” x WOF*

5 ½” x WOF*

 

 WOF = WIDTH OF FABRIC

 * If using 45” wide fabric, cut 3 ruffles for these sizes

 

With right sides facing, pin the dress sides together; stitch; press open. Then, pin the short sides of the ruffle together with right sides facing; stitch; press open.  Now finish the raw edges however you prefer (overcast, serge, pinking shears, or zigzag).

 

Now do a narrow hem on the top edge of the dress, and the bottom edge of the ruffle.  (A faux rolled hem, or a regular rolled hem if you have a serger, would also be cute!  If you do decide to go that route, you might want to consider using a thread in a contrasting color for a fun touch!)

 

Hand wind a bobbin from elastic thread, and insert it into the bobbin case.  (A contrast thread could be cute here too)  With the fabric right side up, start shirring 1/2″  from the top of the dress, reinforcing at the beginning and end of the stitch.  Move down 1/2″; repeat.  How many rows of shirring you do will depend on your bust size.  The chart below is just a guideline.  The shirring should end just under your bust.  I suggest shirring for the amount recommended for the size you are making.  Then, try it on with your swim suit (or the bra you will be wearing it with) and see if you need to add extra.  I tried mine on with my wonder bra, and I actually did a little too much shirring…lol

 

Size

XS

S

M

L

XL

# of rows to shir

10

12

14

16

18

 

When you are done shirring, use a steam iron to steam the shirring and shrink it up.

 

Run a gathering stitch along the top edge of the ruffle.  Gather it until it matches the dress, and with the right sides together, pin the ruffle to the bottom edge of the dress.  (If you only cut 2 ruffle pieces, match the side seams when you pin.  If you cut three, just make sure the ruffle is gathered evenly, and try to place the seams inconspicuously…although they probably won’t be noticeable since the fabric is gathered.)  Stitch; trim the seam to 1/4″ and press it up toward the dress.

 

Trim the seam to 1/4″ ; finish the raw edge and press it up toward the dress.

 

Top stitch about 1/8″ from the seam, and DONE!

 

Here are a few more pics of it…My sister took them and I think she got one were I wasn’t moving…

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Comments

  1. says

    Very pretty, wonder if my mum or Sis would like one, they are off on their hols soon and I’d like to make them something pretty

  2. says

    Love this cover-up! Super cute and the tutorial looks easy enough. ;) Thanks for linking with Sugar & Spice. I featured you today.

  3. says

    Super post. You make it look easy

    I found this via the Create & Inspire party. I have linked in a pork and apple curry.
    Have a great week.

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