Sew A Girl’s Bandana Summer Top
Sewing this Girl’s Bandana Summer Top really was easy and fun! I wouldn’t call it easy if it wasn’t easy! I’ve only been sewing for a short time and consider myself to still have a LOT to learn.
Last summer I made this DIY Ruffled Bandana Halter Top for my granddaughter. She doesn’t want her tummy to show, no midriff tops for her, so last year I added the ruffle. This was one of my very first sewing projects.
There is no pattern. I just make it up as I go and find ways to hide my mistakes, Yep I admitted that! If I can do it, You can do it!
The model is my precious granddaughter, Ashley.
Ashley is the 5th born to my oldest daughter, Tresa, and son-in-law and their only girl. She might be just a little bit spoiled. We sure do love shopping for girl clothes! She is going into the first grade this year. Where does time go?
I found all of the supplies at the Hobby Lobby. I picked out the bandana first and then found the embellishments to go with it. Don’t you just love how the polka dot sheer ribbon matches the polka dots in the flip flops on the fabric! Those adorable ribbon flowers were perfect to match the flowers in some of the flip flops also.
- 1 Bandana
- 1 yard pink ruffled ribbon
- Spool of sheer matching ribbon
- 1/2 yard floral ribbon (I cut the flowers individually)
- Matching thread
I actually cut the flowers apart and used them for embellishments separately. Here they are sewn onto the front just where the straps are attached. Notice the gathering across the top and down the arms as well. The gathering was necessary so there wouldn’t be a big gap under the arms. I love using the different feet which came with my sewing machine. The gathering foot and I are still getting to know one another.
Ashley has long legs for a 6 year old! She is going to be tall like her brothers. The colors in the bandana allow Ashley to wear a variety of different bottoms with her new top. She picked out her new sparkly purple pants to pick up the purple in the top.
One set of straps are crisscrossed and sewn into the bottom of the back while the other set ties around the neck like a halter. I really wanted to use the point of the bandana somehow! I added it to the back for a little flair. It also gives a little more fabric coverage so the top isn’t cut so low in the back. I also sewed one of the cute little flowers to the point of the triangle.
The pink ruffle was perfect for a tiny bit of added length which Ashley wanted. She is very serious about not allowing her tummy to show! You can see the gathering as it comes down the arm in this above photo. That worked perfect to keep the top from gapping open at the armpit.
Be creative with those fat quarter projects or bandana projects! I didn’t think I had a creative bone in my body so I know that if I can do it you can do it! My next project is to sew a simple skirt for Ashley. She reaps the benefits of my desire to learn to sew!
I had some supplies left over so I created a Repurposed Denim bag to match the new Bandana Top. I’ll share that in a post soon. I had to catch up with Ashley in her room and pry her away from playing with Barbie’s to get a quick picture.