This odd half-top appeared in my bedroom after the usual 'I-found-loads-of-your-rubbish-everywhere-Faye!' lecture from my mum. It's made from a gorgeous stretchy jersey fabric and I could smell a pretty bandeau top as soon as I looked at it. (don't ask where the other half is, I'm clueless)
I didn't cut the sleeves off completely for two reasons: one being that that would create a vest shape and I didn't want a vest and two, you'll find out later... I was aiming to cut the top into a simple rectangular shape as thats what I'd need for the basis of a bandeau.
I cut the polo-neck off (never been a huge fan anyway) and then I had a nice stripey bandeau shape. After pinning and eventually sewing down one side of the bandeau I twisted the fabric to form a bow-like shape. Sewing down the other side so that the seam is facing outwards and the stitching is on the inside can prove a little tricky, but enough thought and practice about it should give you a good result.
EXHIBIT B (also featured on my new winter, spring, summer, autumn banner)
Pair up with a strapless bra (or not if you're that lucky) and layer up! I'm aware its not really the time of year for bandeaus, but they're useful especially if your Australian and just approaching Spring!
Now, this is why I left some of the sleeve on to get this clashing stripe pattern under each arm, just something different from bandeaus in the shops.
Thanks for reading, why not grab an old stretchy top and bandeau-ify it!