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Tiki Style Twist Bandeau

Added Jul 3, 2015

by sewing fanatic

Nth Is, New Zealand






DIY Bandeau – Burdastyle 7/2013

In making this bandeau, don’t do what I did by not using stretchy fabric; I mistakenly used a very tightly woven medium thickness cotton; a remnant my friend gave to me after she made a garment out of it, but I thought the tribal/tropical pattern looked cool lol. To make it comfortable I elasticized the medium sized back strap, which is completely stitched in to the sides, and that feels great i.e. breathable lol. I also added neck straps to this bandeau making them, as well as the lower/wide band, both able to be separated. However the lower/wide band still needed to also be elasticized as it wasn’t quite enough material, or it would be constricting on the lungs when it is fastened and be in need of more give around the gut lol. So to the neck straps and to the lower/wide band I added bra fasteners; whilst the bra fastener for the lower/wide band has a little necessary elastic added, so it can move with the body and therefore has improved the comfort value. In fact a lower/wide band style like this one: but with more length and in a stretchy fabric, could actually sit looser on the body and still look great (and my version I must say doesn’t have that lovely handmade look, lol, it also looks rough as I didn’t line it). Location: Muri Beach

Material Notes

medium-weight embossed woven cotton with ethno print, sew-in vintage 70s bra cups, medium thickness elastic, plastic bikini clasp, two large elasticized bra fasteners with hooks and eyes




Garment Type
Beach, Casual, Vintage

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    Sep 28, 2015, 03.29 AMby sewing fanatic

    I’d been gorging out at the buffet on holiday last week in Rarotonga where I had these pics taken, so i don’t have the stomach i dream of having lol. Now, even though this top creates a great form -like how a corset does, I’d definitely recommend using fabric with some stretch in it lol, if making this bandeau.

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    Jul 4, 2015, 01.43 AMby izbott

    Very cool fabric! What a great DIY.

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    Jul 3, 2015, 12.06 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Great idea, and very nice!

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      Jul 3, 2015, 02.29 PMby sewing fanatic

      i appreciate that thanks my honey x

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    Jul 3, 2015, 11.54 AMby Elpida Kyriakou

    Great summer look! I thought it was winter in New Zealand…

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      Jul 3, 2015, 02.28 PMby sewing fanatic

      haha yes it is winter here, its freezing some nights. thank you for that honey =D

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    Jul 3, 2015, 09.31 AMby Mary Athey

    Oh wow, I wish I had your stomach and the top of course lol. I love this and you look smashing x

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      Jul 3, 2015, 02.29 PMby sewing fanatic

      i thank you very much my lovely friend Mary, glad you like it! X

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    Jul 3, 2015, 09.13 AMby liliv-1

    It’s super nice on you! I love it!

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      Jul 3, 2015, 02.28 PMby sewing fanatic

      Thanks so much Liliv honey! x

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