Crochet Bandeau Tutorial

Hello my lovelies xx

Below is a free pattern for my new Crochet Bandeau Tutorial. There is also a full video on how to create it as well.

Go leave me a like and a comment over on YouTube 😉

Materials:

2 skeins of weight 3 in main color (I used white)

1 skein/scrap amount of weight 3 in secondary color (I used black)

4 mm / G crochet Hook

 

How To:

Make 2

Make a chain in your main color that is the height of your bust area. I did 25 chains
Row 1 – in 2nd chain from hook, half double crochet across. chain 1, turn.
Row 2-7 – HDC across, chain 1, turn
Rows 8-9 – switch to second color and single crochet across, chaining 1 at the end and turning

Repeat the process of 7 rows of HDC in your main color and 2 rows of SC in your secondary color two more times (XS) or how ever many times it takes to reach half of your bust measurement minus 3″. Your piece should reach this stretched! I did 3 rounds of the striping with three additional rows of HDC in my main color to reach 12″ stretched.

Continue with whichever color is next for you. In my case (XS) I will be continuing with my main color (white).

Decreasing:

1 – HDC first two stitches together, HDC across, HDC last two together.
Repeat Row 1 until there are 8 stitches left.

*note* remember to follow the 7 rows in HDC of main color and 2 rows of SC in secondary color throughout this design!
Once you hit the 8 stitches left, continue the striping pattern until the 8 stitches reach 11″. This will be one of your straps to tie in the front!

Once you reached 11″ in length and continuing in the striping pattern, HDC first two stitches together, HDC across and HDC the last two stitches together. Turn and repeat until 2 stitches remain.

BO.

Once the two front pieces are done, put right sides together and using your secondary color, SC the two pieces together at the center back.

Using the main color, SC around entire piece to make the edges look more finished.

Try bandeau on and mark spots above each breast where your straps should go. They will probably line up with the center of each breast. I ended up putting the front straps right at the last rows before decreasing in the front.

At this point, SC 5 stitches, Chain 1, turn and continue single crocheting in main color for 38 rows and attach the strap to the back at the first row where you started your second color.

With your main color yarn still attached, chain two and turn your work so you can crochet towards the outer part of the garment (see images). This is going to be the ruffle that is on your shoulder!

To make the ruffles, DC 2 in each row of the strap until you reach the front of the bandeau. Each row you crocheted for the strap should have two DC’s crocheted into it.

Now, Chain 2 and DC 1 in each stitch across. You can bind off at the end or you can chain 2 again and repeat to make the ruffle as long as you want. I did 3 rows of DC on top of initial DC 2 in each stitch.

Repeat on other side of bandeau.

Fin.

 

 

Madalynne Intimates 8711 Kit

Madalynne Intimates 8711 Kit

Hello my lovely readers! Today I bring you my first ever unboxing/review! If you haven’t been able to tell from the title of this blogpost yet, I partnered with Madalynne Intimates to review her new bralette bra kit and pattern for the 8711!

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This is her first kit + pattern combo (sold separately) and her first mono-wire design! And if you’re like me and had no idea what a mono-wire was, go check out her website to read all about them 😉

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So, like everything I write a blog post for, I of course have to film a video *duh*. So, below this little paragraph is my unboxing of the 8711 and another one of her designs that comes in a kit, the Barette Bralette! If you want to give me a like/comment/subscribe, you can totally click here to visit my channel and watch all of my other videos while you’re at it 🤗

Okay, okay so now the review.. dun dun dun..

Jk, let’s get into it! So when I first measured myself to find out what mono-wire I needed, I measured at a 30D. Which I thought was totally weird and wouldn’t fit me because I wear a 32C, but I emailed Madalynne and she reassured me about the fit and the size to cut and yes, in the end it did turn out to fit me extremely well! I would also take her suggestion of cutting a band size up (which I didn’t do)! I was confused about my size vs the mono-wire size vs the size I had to cut haha but I suggest forgetting about what size you wear commercially for this project!

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I chose the blush pink kit because I wanted something that was discreet enough to wear if I wanted to wear it to work or a more formal occasion. I thought the lacey pink and black version would be too sexy for something like that but omg no!! There are a ton of pictures on Madalynne’s Instagram of beautiful ladies wearing their lace version from a workshop that she held recently! If I make this again, I’m definitely going to make a lace version haha.

DSC_3117This bralette is honestly the best of both worlds. It has a mono-wire which is super comfortable and makes it more comfortable for women with a larger bust to wear a super cute bralette. Even for people like me with a smaller chest, I think it’s great! Sometimes I hate wearing bralettes because they’re so tight (to you know, hold you in), so I sometimes prefer a regular bra. The 8711 is not only supportive, but comfortable, lightweight and stylish.

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This would also be a great project for a beginner to intermediate sewer because this project is quick and let me tell you, when you’re able to put that mono-wire through and it takes shape into a bra, it is so satisfying! I’ve never had such a satisfying project in that short of time sewing it haha. Not to mention, once I sewed the channeling, I might’ve put the mono-wire in because I thought I had to until I later read “now you can insert the mono-wire” 🤦🏻‍♀️

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One thing I do suggest is to have one of your bras handy for the strap and hook & eye portion next to you! For some reason I read the hook & eye portion backwards and had to rip stitch 😅 but it was all good.

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So, in conclusion, I love this kit, pattern and final product. I think it would be great to wear everyday, on a special occasion 😉 or even… a boudoir shoot! Honestly I’ve been thinking about how perfect this bra and panty set would be for a boudoir shoot haha.

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P.S. I definitely recommend the Odif’s 505 spray adhesive for this project! Just don’t be like me and spray the right side of your fashion fabric to the lining 😂 that was a pain to fix!

Happy crafting loves!

Xx

Stephanie Marie

 

Disclaimer: I am not being paid to post this! All opinions are my own and I was sent the 8711 kit for free to review and unbox 😊

DIY Crochet Succulent Wreath

THUMBNAIL 2Supplies:

  • wooden embroidery hoop
  • natural tan/brown yarn
  • sage, lavender and any other color yarn for succulents
  • 5mm and 5.5mm crochet hooks
  • scissors
  • tapestry needle

single crochet around wooden hoop with natural tan/brown yarn until fully covered. BO.

 

Succulent style 1

  1. chain 41 in succulent color yarn
  2. (large leaves) slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook, *half double crochet 1, double crochet 2, chain 2, double crochet 2, half double crochet 1, slip stitch 2* Repeat from *to* 2 more times. 3 leaves in total. For the fourth large leaf, half double crochet 1, double crochet 2, chain 2, double crochet 2, half double crochet 1, slip stitch 1 (4 total leaves).
  3. (medium leaves) single crochet 1, half double crochet 2, chain 1, half double crochet 2, single crochet 1, slip slip stitch 2. (1 total)
  4. (small leaves) single crochet 2, chain 1, single crochet 2, slip stitch. (1 total)
  5. Bind Off

Roll into a spiral and sew bottom edges together with a tapestry needle.

Alternate sizes

For larger/smaller leaves, chain an amount of multiples of 10 +1. Then decide if you want larger leaves, medium and smaller. It’s totally DIY and up to you! 😊

Succulent style 2

  1. chain 20
  2. single crochet 4 in second chain from hook and single crochet 4 in each stitch until you reach the end
  3. Bind Off

You can do any length and any number of single crochets in each chain. I recommend 2 if you want a looser spiral and 4 in each stitch if you want a tight curl.

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Make as many as you need to fill up your wreath!

 

Either tie or hot glue the succulents to the wreath, hang and you’re done!

 

Be sure to tag me in your recreations on Instagram or Twitter! Links are in the righthand sidebar 😊

 

Xx

Stephanie Marie