Eyelet McCall's MP205 Cover-Up

It's really starting to feel like summer here in eastern Ohio. I've been hanging onto McCall's MP205 for a while, and finally decided that the loose shape would make a perfect bathing suit cover up. 
I had two yards of this beautiful eyelet from the The Tin Thimble (available for purchase, here), but I didn't love the color. One box of 'tangerine' Rit dye and ta da! The perfect orange for summer. 

The two yards I had wasn't quiiiiite enough, so I did end up having to piece together the back, but unless I had told you that, you wouldn't know. I made view D in a size small. I love that it's loose and oversized, but had it been for anything other than a cover up, I would have made the extra small. 

The beauty of this pattern is that it's essentially a bunch of squares sewn together, which means it's a quick project. The self lined front and back inset pieces make for a more professional looking garment, and I would advise not skipping that step. 

Usually I harp about finishing the seams of your project. Buuuuut, I didn't finish this one. I know. Tisk tisk. Shame on me. I may go over the seams with a quick zig zag, but I haven't yet, so it's not real pretty on the inside.

If you're wondering, I sewed the whole garment first and then dyed it. I dyed it in the washing machine following the instructions on the inside of the box. 

This summer I'd really, really, like to tackle making an actual bathing suit. I don't sew much with stretchy fabrics, because I don't wear much stretchy fabrics, but a bathing suit is something I think I would really love to make and customize for myself. 

What summer projects are you making this year??

Thanks for reading and happy sewing!


  1. That color is PERFECT! Fresh and bold! I think that would be cute as a non-cover-up too (or I guess all clothes cover something up. You know what I mean!).

    1. Thank you, Lia! I love a good, bold color in the summer. Haha yes, I know exactly what you mean, and I agree! Thank you for reading!


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