|EN: A little while ago, I made myself a bandeau top out of a t-shirt which I didn't wear anymore. I needed a bandeau to wear underneath a lace crop top in this outfit. I figured it would be fun to show you how you can do this as well! In this post I will explain what you need for this DIY and how to do it. I hope you'll like it!|
What you need
- An old stretch t-shirt that fits you tightly. Otherwise you're top will slip down!
- Pencil or chalk to draw on the fabric
- Measuring tape
- Fabric scissors
- A sewing machine is preferred, but you an also do it with a needle.
|EN: Fold the shirt inside out. Then, make a dashed line between the two armpits, such that there are no pieces of sleeve or neckline left.|
Now, you can measure your chest vertically. You can best do this while wearing the bra you are planning to wear below the tube top. This way you make sure that the top covers your entire bra. Add at least 1.5 inch (or 4 cm) to this number. 0.75 inch (2 cm) for the lower hem and 0.75 inch for the upper hem and maybe a little extra if you're afraid you made a measuring mistake or make a mistake cutting.
|EN: For example, when your final number is 10 inch, you measure 10 inch from the dashed line down along both sides of the shirt and draw a little line at 10 inch. Then, make a dashed line between these two lines again. Now, you're ready to cut the dashed lines! Make sure that the front and back of the t-shirt stay in place while cutting!|
|EN: Now it's time to pin the lower hem. Make sure that the sharp ends of the pins will be pointing backwards once you start sewing. This works a lot better! Simply fold a little part of the fabric from the inside to the outside and pin this together, such that there's a 0.75 inch (2 cm) lower hem all around the top. Note! The shirt still has to be inside out and the fabric you're folding from the inside to the outside will be your outside once you're done! When you're done pinning and you're happy with the result, you're ready to start sewing! You can best use a stretch stitch for this. The user's manual of your sewing machine probably states where you can find this. Sew just a little bit next to where the double fabric stops. So, just a little less than 1.5 inch (2 cm) from the lower part of your top.|
|EN: When you're done sewing the lower hem, I would advice to put the bandeau on for a second and see how much fabric you have left. I decided to draw the shape of the front of the bandeau on the top while I was wearing it, such that it would nicely follow the shape of my body. Namely, when you have a bigger cup size, it's recommended to do this, because in that case, you're bandeau should be bigger on the front than on the back. When you're done doing this and you notice you have over 1.5 inches extra fabric let, you can cut the extra fabric off. Make sure you leave an extra 1.5 inches for the upper hem, though!|
And at last, you redo the process of pinning and sewing for the uper hem, and then you're bandeau or tube top is done!
|EN: I never did these type of DIY posts before, so I would love to hear what you thought of it and whether you would like to see more! If anything is unclear or you don't understand how to do something, just let me know and I will help you! I think I should make more clear detail shots the next time or otherwise make a video, if that would make it more clear. For example, I would like to do more vintage fashion DIY's, like how to make your own midi skirt (much easier than you would think!)|
Are you going to make a tube top? And do you have any fun ideas for more DIY's? I would love to hear them!