One of my favourite childhood memories is watching my mother sew. The fact that she could conjure gorgeousness from fabric, a pattern and her sewing machine was like magic. When I was quite young, she taught me how to do the same thing and I am so grateful. I still make some of my own clothes, although nothing as ambitious as my mother makes. It’s such a wonderful, creative past time and I intend to pass it down to my sons.
To those that say they can only sew a straight line, this project is for you. This is a super simple way to knock yourself up a new top or beach throw, using something you most probably already have. For some reason, I had a bit of a love affair with sarongs when I was in my early twenties. I now have a stash of them – and I never use them. So I decided to whip up a beach cover-up using one.
- Choose your sarong
- Fold it in half, and then half again
- Iron the crease
- Unfold it and cut the sarong in half. You will still have a slight crease mark which will indicate the middle.
- You will need to finish the edges just cut. You can do this with an overlocker if you have one or you could roll hem or bias bind.
- Place the two pieces of fabric together, right sides facing.
- Measure 17cm out from the middle crease on each side. Pin. Stitch across about 5cm – 6cm on each side. This will give you an opening for your head and catch the tops of the sleeves.
- Turn right side out. You may want to cast a few hand stitches to help the resultant neckline sit nicely.
- Throw over your head.
- Note where you would like your side seams. Pin.
- Take off and stitch the side seams, leaving about 30cm at the top, which will be the arm holes. I also left a gap at the bottom, giving side slits, which meant that I sewed about a 30cm seam.