DIY Shirred Bandeau

DIY Shirred Bandeau

I purchased this pretty pink floral fabric and thought about what I could make with it.. and I came across a technique called ‘shirring.’ After watching a YouTube video I decided to put this fabric to use as shirring looked simple enough.

All I needed was elastic thread to place in the bobbin compartment so off I went to purchase some thread and started my next project.

I started with my fabric and cut this into two separate pieces using one of my bandeau tops as a template for sizing.

Don’t underestimate your fabric size. I would recommend cutting more off than required as elastic does cause fabric to shrink. So if it slightly big, it doesn’t matter, it will tighten around you.

I threaded my machine and sewed my first row about 2 inches from the top of the fabric. (I would recommend hemming your fabric first, but with normal thread and not the elastic thread)

After sewing the first row I instantly saw the effect of the elastic thread as the fabric had started to gather. I continued sewing in rows down my fabric.

After 15 rows, I decided to stop. You can sew as many rows as you desire. You can completely change the look of the top by using different rows. For example you can sew all the way down, half way down or 3/4 of the way down to achieve different styles.

I decided to sew half way down. Remember to sew both pieces of fabric!

Once you have both pieces of fabric looking how you would like them to, iron your material, and then sew them together using a straight stitch.

If you haven’t yet hemmed the fabric, you can do this for the last step. However as mentioned I would recommend doing this first. I had completely forgotten to, so I did this step last. As the top is elasticated and the shape has been manipulated because of this, it can be quite awkward to hem.

Here is the finishing product!

I’m so happy with how this top turned out, it will be an adorable top to wear in the summer or with a pair of jeans in the spring time.

I do wish I would have cut my fabric bigger as it was a little tight, so it lost some of the frill effect at the top and bottom..but this is my first attempt at making this top and as I am a beginner, so at the moment.. everything is a learning curve. Next time I make this, it will turn out even better!

What do you guys think? If you’re enjoying these posts let me know in the comments and be sure to like this so I know I can focus on creating more of this content ^_^

See you all on the next post,

Calluna X

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