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How to Make a Lace Bandeau Video Tutorial

Lace Bandeau TutorialDear reader, I believe there is something we can agree upon. Neither of us wants my nipples to be flashed across the internet.

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.

Materials

  • 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
  • Pins
  • Rotary cutter & mat or scissors

Instructions– see my video for more detailed instructions

  1. 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.
  2. If using scalloped lace mark your seam to fall between two scallops & add the width of your seam allowance to the side. Cut there.
  3. Cut clear elastic the length of your lace.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Sew up your side seams.
  7. Optional: serge or overcast the seam. You may want to check the fit of the bandeau before serging.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?

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6 thoughts on “How to Make a Lace Bandeau Video Tutorial

  1. As a DD cup, I’m not sure how and when I would wear this, but your tutorial is great, and I’ve always wanted to make undergarments. This certainly looks easier to do than a regular bra. Maybe it could be an alternative pajama top? I might think about doing a version with little straps, and maybe even those tiny lingerie buttons up the front!

    • A few months ago I came across some lace elastic that was 12″ wide- maybe that would work? You could also add extra rows of clear elastic in the middle of the back for added support. But yes, it probably wouldn’t function as much more than a pajama top. But buttons would be cute!

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