However, I have no compunction about exposing the lovely Esmeralda to the world. I’m not certain you’ve been formally introduced. This is Esmerelda, the dress form I received for Christmas. Esmerelda, this is everyone. Say hello to the lovely blog readers.
Now that introductions have been made, I have a Chinese New Year present for you.
A video tutorial! How to make a lace bandeau. Just in time for that ‘V’ word, that greeting card holiday I don’t like to celebrate even though I now have a significant other.
But you may be asking what lace bandeaus have to do with Chinese New Year. Recently, I was looking up ancient Chinese undergarments (ah sewing, how you make me interested in the most random things). And during the Tang Dynasty there were types of underwear called hezi & moxiong, which have apparently been updated to suit modern tastes. I had trouble finding the site again, but during my research I found a picture of a lace bandeau that was called a moxiong. So this could also be called a modern moxiong tutorial.
If you can’t watch the video because of low bandwidth or, cough cough, you’re at work here’s the skinny.
- Wide 4-way stretch lace elastic the length of your bust measurement- as a C cup bra I like mine to be 6″ wide
- Matching thread
- Clear elastic 1-3/4 times the length of your lace
- Rotary cutter & mat or scissors
Instructions– see my video for more detailed instructions
- Pin the lace around yourself- different laces stretch at different rates so I’m not going to tell you to cut a certain length minus your bust measurement. Walk around & adjust the tightness until it’s comfortable. Mark where you want your seam to fall.
- If using scalloped lace mark your seam to fall between two scallops & add the width of your seam allowance to the side. Cut there.
- Cut clear elastic the length of your lace.
- Starting with the clear elastic 1/2 – 1″ off the end of your lace, sew it along the bottom edge of the lace. Keep the clear elastic taut- not too tight & not loose.
- Cut clear elastic the length from your underarm to underarm going along your back. Sew to the top of the lace in the same manner as the other clear elastic.
- Sew up your side seams.
- Optional: serge or overcast the seam. You may want to check the fit of the bandeau before serging.
- Thread a tapestry needle with the tail end of the serger chain of thread & work that through the loops your serger formed on the edge of the seam. Repeat on other side.
- Snip all threads & you’re done!
Now I would love to hear your comments. Did you enjoy this tutorial? Will you make a lace bandeau or is it just not your style?