Seaside Coverup Tutorial


Today I’m joining Melissa of Melly Sews again for her 30 Days of Sundresses. Last year I shared the Boat Club Dress free pattern and tutorial with you, so this year I thought I’d make another fun swim coverup! It is, after all, that time of the year! Head over to Melly Sews for a chance to enter the giveaway going on right now!Sundresses2015-250pxSeaside Coverup Tutorial // sewcaroline.comSeaside Coverup Tutorial // Seaside Coverup Tutorial //


The Seaside Coverup is an easy to wear + easy to sew swim coverup that will have you styling’ on the beach! Add pom pom trim for an even more stylish look.

Fabric shown: Katarina Roccella’s Recollection for Art Gallery Fabrics in voile.

Supplies needed: 2 yards 54″ wide fabric

Approximately 4.5 yards of pom pom trim

1 yard 1/4″ wide elastic (for neckline)Seaside Coverup Tutorial //


1.  Unfold your two yards of fabric and lay it wrong side up. Fold the two long sides towards the wrong side at 1/2″ and again at 1/2″. Press in place and pin your pom pom trim along the folded edge. As you hem the sides, the pom poms will also be sewn in place.

2. Once the sides are hemmed and the pom pom trim is in place, fold your fabric wrong sides together with the shorter ends meeting. Find the center and cut a neck hole. You want this to be not too big or not too small. You could also fold into fourths and use an existing top or dress as a guide for the neck hole.

3.  Fold the neck hole edge towards the wrong side of the coverup at 1/2″. Stitch in place  closely to the raw edge. Leave about a 2″ opening to insert the elastic. Insert a piece of elastic approximately 18″ (depending on your size, you’ll want to double check this first!) and close up the opening.

From the bottom hem, sew up about 19″, 3-5″ from the left side and 3-5″ from the right side (this creates your “arm holes”).

4. Throw on your swimsuit and head to the beach or pool!

See how simple? Can’t wait to see what you create!

XOXO and happy sewing,


5 thoughts on “Seaside Coverup Tutorial

  1. I can’t tell you how much I love this!!! This is a GREAT tutorial for my 10-year-old daughter, AND ME!! We will have fun making these this summer!!! THANKS!!!

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