Say goodbye to winter with a easy cute DIY bardot style top

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The sun has finally come out for more then a week now, the weather has been good enough for us to sit outside have the first barbecues of the year and drink outdoors. With this comes an urge for a new wardrobe to fit with the changing weather conditions and the hottest look right now is off the shoulder dresses and tops. The high street is flooded with them, however I haven’t been able to find a cute bardot style top which I have fallen in love with. So thanks my new sewing passion and the start of the new series of “Great British Sewing Bee” I decided to make my own.
I went to Walthamstow market the other week for the first time on the recommendations of some sewing blogs I discovered that there were some choice places to get some good fabric for a good price in London. Why have I never heard of this place before? The market has a great buzz about it and on either side there are loads of fabric stores, haberdasheries and also the odd stall literally filled with fabrics and trims to create with. I came away with some great fabric which I couldn’t wait to use, especially this black embroidered cotton which I had planned to turn into an off the shoulder number.
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After doing some research online from some tutorials (there are loads online for everything you want to do) I started to measure out my fabric. I simply wrapped the fabric around me leaving some good wiggle room and worked out roughly how long I wanted it to be, remember that you have to leave double the width of your elastic to make the elastic tunnel. Due to some damage on the fabric I had to make some side panels, but basically you need 2 rectangles for the front and back of the garment both the same size.
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I didn’t want to have a seam in the sleeve so I opted for one continuous piece of fabric for the sleeve. I warn you this is harder to put together so don’t opt for this if you are not confident improvising at sewing. Do the same as you did to the body, just work out how long you want them and how full.
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If you are unsure about it simply pin it together before you start sewing and try it on, watch out for the pins! Make sure that you can put it on easily, I tried it on several times and made adjustments, it is worth taking the time to get the fit right at this stage. Sew it together where you have pinned it.
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Once you’ve done that you are ready to put in the elastic, measure double the size of the elastic and then fold it over again to make a tunnel for the elastic to go into. Make sure the raw edge of the fabric is encased with the elastic, sew this down (like below). Make sure you leave a gap so that you can thread the elastic through.
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Once this is done thread the elastic through the tunnel, I found that it was easier to go this when I attached a large safety pin through one side of it. Make sure that it doesn’t get twisted half way through otherwise the top won’t sit flat when you have it on.
Littlelaws_DIY_Bardot_Top_7Once you have thread all the elastic through, sew the two elastic ends together and sew up the hole then evenly distribute your fabric throughout the neck line so that you don’t have too much bunching on one side of the top. Make sure that you finish the hem of the garment and the sleeves and then it’s ready to be worn and enjoyed, yay!
Littlelaws_DIY_Bardot_Top_10I plan on wearing this top with a white boob tube underneath it or as a cover up over my bikini, thanks to the light weight fabric and the holes it can do that job too.
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I am so happy how it turned out, and can’t wait for the weather to get nicer to style it with my summer closet.
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In the mean time I can stop my search for the perfect off the shoulder top and plan another one if I come across some more fabric. If you have a free afternoon then definitely give it a try, you don’t need a pattern and you can make one of summer’s hottest items of clothing just for yourself and you can make it as long, and using as much material as you like, the sky is the limit! Don’t worry if your sewing isn’t up to scratch, as they say on the “Great British Sewing Bee” – ‘Practice makes perfect’.
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What do you think of my bardot top? Have you found your perfect off the shoulder top yet? If so, where did you get it? Let me know in the comments below.
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