Between JCrew and Pinterest, I am starting to think I do not have a single original thought of my own lately…I am going to blame it on pregnancy brain…or mommy brain…or over-exhaustion…or maybe I am just going through a sewing growth spurt, where you are in the process of learning new things before you make your own! I think I like the last excuse best :) – Lol.

This adorable little knit number is courtesy of J Crew – inspired by their Summer line up. I saw this, looked at some left over navy blue and white knit fabric I had sitting around from a baby blanket I had made, and I was in business!

Initially I tried my hand at the pom poms. But when they didn’t turn out quite the way I had planned, I turned to CINO’s ric rac flowers.

I am in love with the end result! This little cover up will not only go with us into the fall, but it will also grow with us as it fits not only my 2 year old – but somehow my 4 year old as well!

***Warning – daughter picture overload, was playing with a new camera lens!

I highly recommend working with knits. I was scared for a while to touch them, but with just a little bit of practice you will be turning out Tees like a champ. The best part? You don’t have to be worried about fraying – no serger? No problem! Just be sure to use a ball point needle, I find that to be the key.

Making this knit cover up is quite easy!

You will need the pattern piece for the hood. Burda Easy 9674 has a good hood pattern piece – or – Dana over at Made has come out with a new robe pattern that includes a hood which should work with this cover up – or – Amy at Naptime Crafters suggests using an old jacket hood for your pattern piece in her swim cover up tutorial.

1. Using a T that fits well, cut around the front and back pattern pieces, the back will be cut on the fold – whereas the front piece will be two separate pieces cut down the middle. Cut down past the bottom of the T Shirt, as you want the cover up to be longer. Cut the sleeves as well, using the T Shirt as your guide.
2. Cut the hood pattern pieces.
3. Take (1) front pattern piece, and with right sides together, sew to the back pattern piece at shoulder and side seams. Repeat for other front pattern piece.

4. You should now have this
5. With right sides together, sew the side seam of the sleeve.
6. Matching up the sleeve seam and the side shirt seem, with right sides together, sew the sleeve onto the shirt.

7. You should have this now
8. With right sides together, sew the (2) hood pieces together around the outer curve
9. Matching up the bottom hood center, with the center of the back shirt pattern piece, with right sides together, pin the hood to the shirt. Sew

10. You should now have this. We are almost in the clear
11. Using a knit ribbing, attach as you would bias tape to the outer edges all the way around the shirt. Repeat for sleeve openings.
12. Add preferred closure (snap, button, velro, etc.) and add flower decoration (or pom poms) after that!

And voila, you are done!

I know it is not the most in depth tutorial I have ever given, but with a little bit of google searching you can find more in depth descriptions as to how to cut your own pattern pieces using a shirt, as well as how to add bias edging. But for those of you that have done this before, this should give you a pretty good idea as to how I went about achieving this look.

I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot of this little number around our house over the next couple of years!

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

*** Please note – I made this tutorial about a month ago, and have had it pre-planned as a post-baby tute. Since then, I have seen loads of cover ups and beach robes sprouting up all over the place – go figure :/. Originally I had a hood pattern piece that I was going to give away, but because of all of the new posts that have come around since making this, I have removed the hood pattern piece.

I do not want to be seen as someone who steals other people’s ideas. Which was not the case here! But just to protect myself, and other bloggers out there who have worked hard on exact patterns pieces that they deserve to make money on – I thought it was best to proceed this way. I hope you understand.

Plus, I still think mine is cute and original enough to continue with the remainder of the post…I hope you think so too!