This DIY mesh cover up can make any bikini outfit look stylish and it’s super comfortable!
You can even wear it during your next night out with your girls as a sexy long mesh skirt!
This is one of the easiest skirts/cover ups I have found by far! And, today you are going to learn how to make your own step by step, so you can walk in anywhere turning heads like the beautiful queen you are!
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What do you need to make a DIY mesh cover up:
I used 27 inches (70 cm) of elastic. You will need less or more depending on your waist measurement.
- 【Size】:2inch【Color】: White，Black 【Length】:10 Yard(5 Yard White,5 Yard Black), enough length for meeting your various needs such as making sewing crafts or applying it in other places.
- 【Material】: Polyester and Natural Latex Rubber.
- 【Wide Usage】:Swimwear, underwear, pants, baby clothes, sports wear, T-shirt, hat, socks , DIY projects and so on,or you can also use it to change the size of clothes.
6 inches or 15 cm of stretch fabric in a solid color is enough to cover the elastic we are going to use for the waistband.
And of course...
Mesh fabric for the semi-transparent look
For this sewing project I used 3 meters / 3.3 yards of black mesh fabric.
Although chiffon is another beautiful option and gives an elegant sophisticated look it can be a little bit of a nightmare to cut and sew.
I went with mesh for this DIY square circle skirt because it is way easier to work with, and it is more “summer” friendly.
If you are a beginner I highly suggest you go with this option too 🙂
You can find mesh fabric clicking on the images below, these two are my favorites and for this project I used the one with dots.
If you feel more festive, you can also find stretch mesh fabric with prints like these:
This tool definitely changed my life, and I wish I discovered it sooner!
If you haven’t tried it yet, please please do so, it will save you lots of time and your hands will thank you!
- ROTARY FABRIC CUTTER: High-grade, precision-ground, 45mm rotary blade is perfect for projects and fabric that require precise cutting; Ideal for cutting multiple layers of fabric, paper, felt, and vinyl
- SELF-HEALING CUTTING MAT: Cutting mat protects surfaces for sewing and other projects, with self-healing surface, easy-to-read measuring grids, and 30, 45, and 60-degree bias lines that make angle cutting easy
- SEWING AND QUILTING RULER: Large clear ruler for precise measurement, with highlighted seam allowances, easy-to-read measurement lines, and 30, 45, and 60-degree line indicators for easier angle cutting
The best part of this DIY square circle skirt...
The pattern for this DIY swimsuit cover up is sooo simple, that there’s no need to trace it on paper!
All you need is 2 squares with a circular hole in the center! So, it can be done directly on the fabric.
To make this two layer skirt the measurement I used on both squares was 57 by 57 inches. (1.45 x 1.45 meters) which was pretty much the whole width of my fabric.
My height is 5’3, and with these measurements the length of the skirt reaches my ankles.
If you are taller your squares can be larger, or if you want a shorter skirt you can cut smaller squares.
The length for this asymmetric style of skirt can be tricky, because some parts are going to be longer than others.
You can always go 1 or 2 inches longer and once it’s ready try it on and trim whatever it's needed so you can comfortably walk with it.
To draw the circle in the center of the squares that it's going to become our waistline we need to do a little math:
Divide your waist measurement by 6.28
For example if your waist measurement is 70 cm / 27.5 inches then divided by 6.28 the result would be 11.15 cm / 4 ⅜ inches
If you don’t like math you can also use my skirt calculator sheet!
Simply type your waist measurement, then hit enter and you will automatically get the magic number to trace the waistline for:
Square-Circle Skirts (AKA handkerchief skirts)
Full Circle Skirts
Half Circle Skirts.
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How to cut and sew this DIY Mesh cover up
Once you have your magic number to trace the waistline of your dream skirt cover up, it’s time to cut the fabric and start making the magic happen with your sewing machine!
Check out this easy step by step video!
You can use the timestamps below to go straight to re-watch any section you need to while sewing your DIY square circle skirt.
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DIY Mesh Cover Up Checklist
Now that you know how to make a swimsuit cover up that can be worn as a sexy stylish skirt it’s time to take action!
Do you like to track your progress? I do! And I find it extremely satisfying checking things off from a list!!
So, I made a PDF Checklist for you to use along with this video to help you track every step of this sewing project, and follow the instructions with ease at your own pace.
How to wear your new DIY Mesh skirt cover up
High waist bikini bottoms look GREAT underneath this cover up. Click on the images to checkout this beauties.
And I also loved wearing this mesh skirt cover up with the crop top from the pdf pattern “Sally” that I made in black lace.
If you haven’t seen this tutorial yet, check it out here.
Let's Wrap This Up!
As you can see this style of square circle skirt is so simple (actually simpler than it is for me to pronounce handkerchief lol) and it could be made out of a tablecloth, but let's not haha
Hope this DIY mesh cover up makes you feel sexy and comfortable all summer long!
Keep making your dreams a reality, you have what it takes already within you!!