Don’t forget to cover up!

17 Jun Don’t forget to cover up!

No reason to keep this Cover-Up under wraps!


I’m a believer in sharing fun sewing projects, and making this cover-up was divine joy 🙂
After taking a close look at the Cover-Up Mimi is wearing, I thought sewing a knockoff would be a cinch.Mimi and Beau-001

It’s one of these ‘Why didn’t I  think of that?’  kind of things…….

For my Cover-Up I used a piece of cotton voile from Mood Fabrics which had been in the stash for a while. After having some improvisational fun with the fabric (blogged here) I was ready to wear it as a permanent garment.


A few pom-poms…..

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a little stitching….

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and viola…… it’s time to hit the beach.

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The RTW Cover-Up is 31″ square.


In a nutshell without many photos……..

  1. I measured my fabric according, then turned in the raw edges and attached pom-poms to the inside edge of the fabric.
  2. After tracing the neckline from the RTW, and taking the seam allowance into consideration for the neckline finish, I cut out a template.
  3. The fabric was folded in half, and after cutting the neckline, I staystitched immediately to prevent stretching before finishing the neckline with a piece of self-bias tape.
  4. Starting nine inches below the shoulder and seven inches in from the outer edge, I sewed a 13″ seam on each side.
  5. I made a buttonhole slit at the center front of the Cover-Up and placed casing on the inside.
  6. I attached a piece of casing all the way around the garment, breaking the stitch at the side seams.IMG_0043 2This allows for the drawstring to pull continuously for through the casing.IMG_00297.  After making and inserting the drawstring, I added two pom-poms to each end.IMG_0024 2All done.

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Wear it lose or drawn… but more importantly wear it with a little panache !


Happy Saturday 🙂



  • Jeanne Longo
    Posted at 08:01h, 17 June Reply

    Adorable! Any chance of posting the pattern for the neckline? That would make things easier for an over-thinker like myself! Thank you for all the inspiration!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:45h, 17 June Reply

      Thank you, Jeanne! I’m happy to do that when I get home. I meant to bring the template with me…. but it’s very simple. 😉

  • Patty Mack
    Posted at 08:44h, 17 June Reply

    Beautiful. You look just adorable in it, and those cover ups are really expensive in the stores!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:46h, 17 June Reply

      Many thanks, Patty! Expensive in the stores, but simple and economical to make for sure 🙂

  • Joyce Latham
    Posted at 09:22h, 17 June Reply

    Terrific, and super cute!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:27h, 17 June Reply

      Thank you, Joyce!

  • Becky Hopkins
    Posted at 09:23h, 17 June Reply

    A quickly-satisfying project to be sure. I really like it!!! And you look wonderful! Enjoy your beach time.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:28h, 17 June Reply

      Many thanks, Becky! More serious sewing is just around the corner 😉

  • joyjc
    Posted at 09:58h, 17 June Reply

    very nice. will be making one as soon as the neckline template is available. I will be using in a couple of weeks at the beach. In fact, think I will make a couple of them in lovely fabric. Thanks for the post.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:27h, 19 June Reply

      Thank you, Joy! I suggest tracing off a neckline from a garment you own followed by stay stitching. Use either self made or purchased bias tape to finish and you’re good to go 🙂

  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    Posted at 10:19h, 17 June Reply

    It was so much fun to see and read about all the fun you had making this cover-up and it’s a brilliant plan to make it out of a nice cotton voile – the sky is the limit when you make your own 🙂 The pom-poms were an inspiration!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:28h, 19 June Reply

      Thank you, Kathleen! Cotton voile is the perfect fabric for a cover-up. I forgot to mention I ordered the pom-poms from Etsy 🙂

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 11:35h, 17 June Reply

    Oh so cute! Where did you get those giant pom poms…..well at least they look giant! U should make one of these cover-ups since we go boating once a week in the summertime…but too busy making my black cropped SCALLOPED EDGE shorts!
    Thanks for all your inspiration!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:29h, 19 June Reply

      Thank you, Laura! I ordered the Pom-Poms from Etsy and they are labeled ‘giant pom-poms’. Can’t wait to see your shorts!!!!

  • Lucy
    Posted at 12:09h, 17 June Reply

    So cute! Thanks for sharing. I’m definitely making at least one of these.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:30h, 19 June Reply

      Thank you, Lucy! These are too easy and too much fun to just make one 🙂

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 12:41h, 17 June Reply

    This is cute! Glad you got made a use of that great piece of fabric!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:30h, 19 June Reply

      Thank you, Carolyn! I couldn’t let it sit in the stash any longer 😉

  • Cindy Symes
    Posted at 14:59h, 17 June Reply

    Wow! Sorry, but I love yours even more than Mimi’s! That fabric is just a gorgeous colour and it looks lovely on you! I must make one for myself! Gotta look chic on the beach this summer!! Thanks for all your inspiration!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:31h, 19 June Reply

      Many thanks, Cindy, although I do like the embroidered neckline on Mimi’s 🙂

  • Marjorie Mautino
    Posted at 18:05h, 17 June Reply

    This is the cutest cover-up ever! I love the stripes and it looks great o you!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:32h, 19 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Marjorie!

  • Becky Bagwell
    Posted at 19:44h, 17 June Reply

    You nailed it! This is it!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:32h, 19 June Reply

      Thank you, Becky!

  • Tomasa
    Posted at 21:55h, 19 June Reply

    Love the cover-up. The colors are just gorgeous and those pom-poms add some whimsy to it.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:19h, 23 June Reply

      Thank you, Tomasa! 🙂 🙂

  • Christine F.
    Posted at 09:03h, 21 June Reply

    Wow, what a quick yet absolutely stunning project! I always love your projects. One question: I have been hesitant of adding pom-poms to my sewing projects because I don’t know how well they will hold up in the laundry. What is your experience?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:21h, 23 June Reply

      Many thanks for your comment and question, Christine. I hand wash anything with pom-poms. The cover-up dries very quickly because it is so lightweight 😉

  • Sheree
    Posted at 12:44h, 21 June Reply

    I have also just had a beach holiday, with temperatures near to 40 degrees. The only piece of clothing that felt cool enough was a very similar beach dress to yours – bought locally.. I decided (before reading your post) that I had to make a couple of copies in time for my next holiday. My one is exactly the same shape and neckline, but with cut-outs on the shoulder. It is also not tied around waist but being very floaty fabric it doesn’t feel boxy.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:22h, 23 June Reply

      I’d love to see your cover-ups, Sheree! The cut-out shoulders sound so cute 🙂

  • TC Ferrito
    Posted at 15:39h, 25 June Reply

    I have a large beach sarong/scarf that will be perfect for this. It is rayon batik with seashells and fringe at each border. And it’s already hemmed. If I cut a neckline and add a casing, I am done. Thanks for the idea!

  • Christine Fromont
    Posted at 17:27h, 25 June Reply

    I love this one too and although it is winter here in New Zealand at the moment , I intend making some for all the women/girls in my family. Fortunately they mostly have birthdays around November, so just in time for our summer. 🙂

    Thanks for all your sharing – I just love getting your emails.

  • Christine Fromont
    Posted at 17:38h, 25 June Reply

    I have just ordered the Tunic Bible too! I ordered it from my library then decided I needed my own copy so have ordered it from Amazon.
    Many thanks, keep up the good work!

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