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.


  • 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?


Skivvies! aka Ladyshorts

I am just tickled. These panties are incredibly easy & fun to whip up. The maker behind Cloth Habit just released her first pattern, the Rosy Ladyshorts. And they’re free!

Short projects are so satisfying. In well under an hour had I finished my first pair. Then I had to run to the fabric store & buy more stretch lace so I could make an entire army of Rosy Ladyshorts. I’ve paused at two though because I’m waiting on using up more of my knits stash so I can make my boyshorts from the remnants.

The pattern itself is easy to follow & there’s a tutorial on her blog. The only problem came at the back seam, where the two edges curved up as they met. This was easy to remedy with a quick swish of the rotary.

The two I’ve made are very different from each other. The first pair, my gray gals, were made with a cotton/Lycra blend. It’s about a medium weight knit & was wonderfully easy to sew. But they also don’t (un)stretch back as much as the second pair, so they look bigger. While they are comfortable, these puppies aren’t quite as comfy as my second pair.

I figured you all wouldn’t want to see a shot of my butt, so here’s a rear view of the gray Ladyshorts on their own.

Speaking of that second pair, they were made with Robert Kaufmann’s Panda Jersey, a (funnily enough non-bamboo) rayon that’s lightweight, feels amazing & is oh so soft. Really. I love this fabric. If you see some, get it. These panties bounce back a bit more so look smaller than the gray ones, but I assure you I cut the same size. And the pettably soft fabric makes them wonderful to wear.

Rear view of the brown Ladyshorts

When worn under tights &/or jeans, the brown pair were equally confortable. I barely felt them & didn’t have to make awkward adjustments like I had to do for the gray ones when worn under jeans. But, when worn under tights the gray ones didn’t give me that same constant wedgie.

There are some tension lines/wrinkles on the front that just won’t go away.

You’ll also note that the fit is better with the brown ones. Those little horizontal lines on the front were there when I tried on the panties before attaching the lace, but they disappeared once I attached the elastic to the legs. They just won’t go away on the gray ones, but I’m fine with it. Only my sewing friends will notice anyway.

The fit with a thin rayon knit is excellent, with no tension lines (wrinkles on the sides come from wearing them all day).

The gray pair is also a bit taller because I placed the lace on the edge of the fabric, whereas on the brown pair much of the lace was backed by the fabric. It’s more stable & better for wearing to place the elastic lower. Without the extra backing the edges of the gray elastic tend to flip under a little. Plus the higher lace is just a little too high for my low rise jeans. But, both pairs are blissfully crack-free (unlike most RTW boyshorts).

I only wish the different sizes were marked in different dashed lines instead of all solid lines. While it wasn’t a big deal, assembling & cutting out the fabric would have gone more quickly. Having the elastic chart on the instruction sheet instead of on the pattern pages would be more convenient too so you don’t have to refer to a loose scrap of paper to figure out how much elastic you need.

On that note, I didn’t use as much elastic as the pattern called for. I had only purchased two yards of elastic for each pair & so was a few inches short. For the legs I used the amount of elastic called for, but was a few inches short in the waist. As you can see they fit just fine (no digging in) & don’t feel in the least uncomfortable. So if you’re a little short, don’t fret.

Now go whip yourself up some Ladyshorts! It’s kind of an instant gratification pattern & I think you’ll really enjoy them. The only problem is that you might develop a Ladyshort addiction & soon have an overflowing underwear drawer.