Just wanted to hop on here to share more details!
1. FABRIC - For me, I needed 2-3 yards of fabric. This bat-wing style top takes up a lot of material, along with the tie in the front. Depending on your size, you will need more or less than me. For a cover-up, I like fabric that are light weight and transparent. It should also drape nicely which is why for the first one I made, I used a chiffon fabric.
2. NEEDLE - If you're sewing with knit or any stretchy fabric, be sure to switch your needle out to a jersey or ballpoint needle so you don't tear the fabric. If not, then your regular needle should work fine.
3. THREAD - 100% Polyester
4. ELASTIC - I used 1/2 inch elastic for the waistband
5. TASSELS - optional but they add a lot more personality to the look. I needed at least 3 yards of tassel trim to cover the bottom or the top, sleeves, and bottom of skirt.
Machine Stitch Settings:
I used my serger to sew the Top and then to hem the edges, I simply folded over the edge twice and sewed with a stretch stitch. If you're using stretch fabric, you should always sew with a stretch stitch or zigzag stitch so your seams don't pop. If you don't have a serger, you can use a zigzag stitch or most computerized machines have the "overlock stitch" setting you can also use to secure the frayed edge.
To sew the elastic, I zigzag stitched it along the edge first, and then folded the waist over once, and hemmed it with a zigzag stitch or stretch stitch.
To sew the tassels, I top-stitched it over the hem with a zigzag stitch.
I hope this helps you out along with my video tutorial:
More pictures to be added to this post :)