Stretch Fabric Bandeau Top

Stretch fabric bandeau top

Stretch fabric bandeau top

Bandeau tops are handy to have in summer. They can be worn on a hot summers evening. For working out. And at the pool or sea side. Or under a sheer blouse. Best worn by those with great bodies.

I’ve made a bandeau top before out of non stretch fabric. You can find that post –¬†right here. And the tutorial for the skirt in this picture is –¬†here.

So this version is made with a stretchy fabric. Less gathers and bulk.

You need: –

  • stretch fabric
  • matching colour thread
  • sewing scissors
  • tape measure
  • pins
  • sewing machine with stretch stitch
  • ball point sewing needles

You do: –

I used a bandeau top that I had to get my measurements. The bandeau was shaped so I used the widest measurement.

Take measurements from a top

Take measurements from a top

If you don’t have a bandeau top to work from – do this.

To get your length – measure around your bust at the widest part. My width was 65 centimetres

To get your width – measure from the top of your breast to the bottom. Double the measurement as you will fold this in half. Plus add seam allowance. My width was 30 centimetres. I’m a UK dress size 10.

You need to cut the width on the stretchiest part of your farbic. Not sure? Pull your fabric to see which direction has the most give. You also need to sew on the stretch stitch function on your sewing machine.

Elna sewing machine stretch stitch

Elna sewing machine stretch stitch

And use a jersey or ball point sewing needle.

Ball point or jersey sewing needle

Ball point or jersey sewing needle

Fold your top in half along the length and sew it.

Fold in half and sew

Fold in half and sew

Turn your top inside out.

Turn inside out

Turn inside out

Now pin your bandeau ends together and fit it on to make sure it’s not too tight. Or too loose.

Fit top

Fit top

Once you’re happy with the fit, sew the ends together. Trim away any surplus fabric and thread away loose ends.

Sew away loose threads

Sew away loose threads

And just like that you have something to wear to your next Bikram Yoga class.

More to hopefully inspire you to DIY instead of buy next week.

All the best,

Greenie.

 

 

 

 

 

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