I’m talking about the Ralph Pink RP088 beach coverup and the shocking truth is, I love this sewing pattern!!

Ralph Pink Beach Coverup in cotton/silk.
Ralph Pink Beach Coverup in cotton/silk.

It’s tempting to rave about every shiny new thing you make, but the ultimate test of a good sewing pattern is whether the finished garment suits you, how often you wear it, and how long it stays in your wardrobe.

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This is where this pattern excels.

Back view
Back view

Beach coverups are classic, timeless and suit most body shapes. This Ralph Pink one is well designed with a faux pocket on the front, a fringed hem, a belt for shaping and seams which work well with this border print fabric.

Design details - faux welt pocket on front yoke seam.
Design details – faux welt pocket on front yoke seam.

But beach coverups aren’t just decorative, they’re also really useful.

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I’ve just got back from a family trip to the Italian Riviera and my beach wrap was invaluable. It boosted my confidence to have something to throw on that made me feel chic, instead of self conscious about my body, when I was in my swimmers.

It was also a relief to be able to wander into town or a restaurant directly from the beach without breaking dress codes or raising too many eyebrows!

Swingy viscose fringe trim.
Swingy viscose fringe trim.
Ralph Pink RP088 Beach Coverup Pattern.
Ralph Pink RP088 Beach Coverup Pattern.

If you’re looking for a chic and easy beach wrap pattern, then Ralph Pink’s got you covered!

Pattern Description: Ralph Pink RP088 Beach Coverup PDF digital download pattern available from Ralph Pink Patterns.

Fabric Used: I used about 3 metres of cotton/silk batiste from my stash and 3 metres of 20cm long viscose fringe trim from B.L.Trimmings in London online store.

Pattern Sizing: I cut the smallest size XS and didn’t change anything.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes they were easy and clear.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the fringe trim but it was awkward to sew on with my sewing machine and the sewing steps which come after you’ve sewn this on were also tricky because of the added weight of the trim pulling on the fabric as you sew. I’d advise hand sewing the fringing.

Ralph describes this as a beginner level sewing pattern which I’d agree with but I’d advise caution when you’re sewing on the fringe trim.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did 2 bound buttonholes using the patch method on either side of the front of the wrap for the belt holes. Instructions for how to do these weren’t included in the pattern instructions. To make belt holes with a finished length of 4.5cm for my 4cm wide belt, I cut a patch of my fabric 5cm wide and 7cm long (2.5cm longer than the buttonhole).

I also did French seams which weren’t included in the pattern instructions but I thought were more suitable for this silky fabric.

Would you sew it again? Yes, I’d like to make a cotton batiste one.

Would you recommend it to others? YES.

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Happy sewing,

Christine

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