I knew I would pretty much be living in swimsuits and cover ups on our trip to the Virgin Islands. I decided to make two cover ups for the trip. The first cover up I wanted to be a standard cover up. I had the Greenwood Tank pattern by Straight Stitch Designs in my stash and decided it would be the perfect pattern to hack into a cover up!
I bought some stretch lace and a solid nude knit and got to work hacking! I cut the tank top in two different places since I was going to be lengthening it quite a bit. I lengthen it 5″ in each spot. I cut on the shorten lengthen line, then cut closer to the bottom where there wasn’t really a curve. When determining where to cut for shortening and lengthening (given a line is not already provided or you want to cut in two spots) choose an area that does not have too much going on. For example you would NOT want to choose the waist area as that is on a curve. You want the least amount of body to make blending the two new pieces easy and smooth. From there I found the hip area and added 1″. I also added 2″ width to the hem. After I made the adjustments I graded from the shorten/lenghten line provided on pattern down to the marks I made using a gentle curve.
Once the pattern was hacked I cut out my fabric. I used the same pattern piece for the front and back (the low back version as described on the pattern). Since it was a cover up I thought the low back option would be perfect. That and I didn’t have to hack two different pieces ;).
Once all cut out, I basted the lace to the solid fabric. Then I simply followed the directions to complete the pattern! My lace was not super stretchy, so I did lengthen the arm and neck bands to take into account for the decreased stretch.
I absolutely loved this cover up! I wore it the majority of the time. Not only was it cute, it fit perfect. Two of the beaches we went to required a hike, and this cover up was perfect for hiking too!
It was a simple and easy sew, now I am going to have to make a bunch of the actual tank tops for my closet!
I apologize for the non detailed pictures. It was vacation and we were more concerned about the AMAZING beauty than sewing details. Major photo shoot fail, but hey I think that water is pretty good on the eyes if I don’t say so myself!