Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Free Beach cover-up

I'm so excited about this one. This is my beach cover up to take on vacation. This is a free download from Hot Patterns available on

I used a strange fabric from Joann's. It was on sale. It is pink, and has really sheer flower spots and some sparkle embroidery. LOL, I obviously know my fabrics, right? Anyway, this was an easy pattern. I did put elastic in the waist instead of a ribbon like it calls for. I don't know if I will keep it that way or not. I also skipped the button on top just because. I don't want a lot of stuff to mess with on the beach.

The way I stand kind of makes it look like maternity ware. You can also see my elastic showing a bit. To ribbon, or not to ribbon? This is a good length.
From the side it is on OK little dress. I love the color. The dark spots are my swim suit showing through the sheer flowers woven into the fabric.
Hehe, from behind it sort of looks like a kimono.

Overall, very cute, comfortable and free pattern. I wish I had used a bit softer fabric, so it would hang better. I like it though. I didn't do any fancy finishings because I want it to dry fast. Also, in the future I may just use a casing around the whole cover up and just use elastic. It might me nice to add pockets as well. You just have to have a place for Chap-stick on the beach.

Also, this was my first time using a downloaded pattern. This is what to expect:

I had to print this twice. The first time I was trying to make the lines meet, which doesn't work out. Just make the edges of the pages meet up. Here is a close up of what that may make the pattern look like:

It does come with a handy map to show you how to lay out the pages There is some method to the madness though once you dive into it.
This is a close up of the pattern map that displays the lay out.

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