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Swimsuit season is just around the corner, and bandeau tops are making major waves in and out of the water. A cute, versatile style that doesn’t leave tanlines? What’s not to love! Sew your very own bandeau in time for spring… and try out these easy runway-inspired DIY’s!

Photo(s) above: Getty Images

We’re head over heels for these chic zip-up bandeaus! A centered zipper adds a seductive and eye-catching touch to these sporty styles.

We’re modifying this free BurdaStyle pattern to create our own zip-up bandeau:

Here’s how to sew this style:

Step 1: For this project, you will need a separating zipper measuring between 3"-6". Hold the zipper to your chest and choose the best length for your size. Most fabric stores are able to create specific size zippers if necessary.

Step 1: Determine your size and draft the bandeau pattern according to the pattern instructions above. Cut out 2 bandeau pieces, omitting the halter straps. Cut out elastic.

Step 2: Sew a basting stitch 1/4" from the raw edge along each center front edge, starting and stopping 5/8" from each end. Pull the thread ends to gather the fabric. Tighten gathers to match the measurement of your zipper. (Top and bottom seam allowances remain ungathered.)

Step 3: Separate the zipper and “sandwich” the zipper tape between the two bandeau pieces, with the zipper teeth facing the inside of the bandeau. Stitch through all three layers. Continue sewing along the top of the bandeau, repeat the zipper step along the opposite front. Continue sewing along bottom edge of the bandeau, stopping 2" before reaching the intersecting seam. Attach the elastic as you sew along the top and bottom of the bandeau.

Step 4: Pull the bandeau right-side-out through the 2" gap. Stitch the gap closed with a hand sewing needle and thread.

Step 5: Show off your new bandeau! And not only at the beach… pair this top with a cute high-waisted skirt and cropped jacket for a look that screams fashionista!

You can also learn how to draft and sew a bandeau from scratch in this video. The great thing about making your own bandeau? Once you have a base pattern you can easily modify it and design your own unique styles!

A ruffled bandeau is another hot commodity this season. Feminine, but still flirty and fun, this style has been a definite fashion-week favorite for 2014.

Photo(s): Getty Images

Once you’ve learned how to make your bandeau with Meg, or have an existing bandeau of your own, this DIY is a breeze!

Here’s How:

Step 1: Use a measuring tape to measure the distance around the entire top seam of your bandeau.

Step 2: Create a full circle pattern. This will be your ruffle. The circumference of this circle should be 1"-2" shorter than your bandeau measurement to accommodate for fabric stretching on the bias. From this circle, measure evenly the desired length of your ruffle. Add 5/8" seam allowance to the inner circle. When cut out, your fabric should resemble a large donut. The ruffle must also be in stretch fabric.

Step 3: Sew the inner circle to the top bandeau seam, the wrong side of the ruffle fabric against the right side of the bandeau. Fold both seam allowances towards the wrong side of the bandeau. From the wrong side of the bandeau, edgestitch the seam allowances in place. Flip the rest of the ruffle out of the way so you are only sewing through the seam allowances and the bandeau itself.

Wear this top with matching bikini bottoms, or pull on a pair of denim shorts for a laid-back, trendy look.

Tell us, which fashions will you be sporting this summer?

Happy Sewing!


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    Dec 22, 2017, 04.10 AMby CharismaStyle

    Great post. Thanks

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    Feb 2, 2015, 07.09 AMby lilymacrossan

    Awesome Post! I love bandeau tops and I am definitely going to try sewing it on my own now! I plan to wear it with some printed bikini bottoms I recently bought from g strings australia and hit the beach in style this summer! I loved the orange bandeau the most!

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    Mar 23, 2014, 07.17 PMby purplefan

    The coral ruffled bandeau top suits (ruffle does not dominate the bandeau but accentuates it) but the other tops with the longer midpoint in the ruffles look like someone’s skirts got caught!

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