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May 22, 2012
Last February when I competed in the So You Think You’re Crafty competition, I made an infinity dress. It was “Go Red for Women” week and I thought a sweet little dress for Valentine’s Day would be perfect. I scoured other tutorials for convertible dresses, but I was confused and frustrated, and decided make my own. My dress had a few mistakes as I was figuring out the best way to make it and upon its completion, it was unwearable for me. I was newly pregnant and the dress accentuated my belly (that we hadn’t told anyone about) and was much shorter than I prefer. Then I discovered the complete lack of modesty in the bust region and lets just say that one the whole, it was better suited for the bedroom than the blog. But since I won the challenge that week, I published my tutorial and went on about my business. Over the last 15 months, that has been the most popular post on my blog! I’ve been absolutely blown away by the number of views, comments, and pins! The love for my tutorial has been overwhelming, to say the least. And it’s made me even more frustrated by my crap-tastic first dress. Don’t get me wrong, the math and the technique are spot on. But the dress I produced was a flop. And for 15 months it’s eaten at me. I’ve gotten many comments and emails asking me about the top half of this dress. Many of you, like me, have to wear a bra and have discovered it’s just not possible. I’ve said many times, “Oh, just make a bandeau top for it” and left it at that. Well, I’m proud to say I’ve finally put my money where my mouth is and made a convertible dress with a bandeau style top for full coverage.

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target="_bl href="http: wlikemymom. . Adding the top piece to this dress has opened all sorts of amazing wearing opportunities for me! Areas that would previously be exposed are now nicely covered and allow a bra to be worn.

knowing I’m fully covered.It’s so much more comfortable for me to wear this dress. And the styles look just as good! .

you don’t notice just how much shows when you turn to the side! I know I didn’t when I made my first one.When you see the dress from the front. . anyway.

here’s the trick. 2 straps. Ready to make your own? You’ll need to first read my other tutorial as it contains information about how to cut the pieces to your right size. but taller. gather your 4 pieces. One skirt piece. Just as before. and the waistband/bandeau piece. cross your straps over each other and pin to the skirt. Sew Like My Mom’s Infinity Dress Tutorial Now. . To sew.The steps to make this version are exactly like my first one. There’s just one tiny. That’s it! So my “waistband” piece became the bandeau piece. simple difference. so it would come up higher. The waistband on my other dress was 1 piece I folded in half and sewn to the skirt. For me it was 30″ wide by 13″ tall. For this version I made it 1 layer thick.

This will be a side seam in the top of the dress. Leaving the bandeau inside out. Then take the bandeau piece and fold it in half and sew down the side. When you’re finished. It’s ready to wear! .Sew the straps on. pin the bottom of your piece to the skirt/straps and sew all the way around. pull the bandeau piece up and your straps will be sandwiched between it and the skirt with the seam on the inside.

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Thanks for posting it as well as the addition. 2012 at 6:35 PM Lovely! I followed your tutorial for the red dress and figured out something similar on my own. 2012 at 8:09 PM I love it! You look beautiful! Amy said: May 23rd. but as the waistband/bandeau is the last piece to be sewn on this is an easy fix. so I am starting with your upcycled t–shirt skirt first! Jennifer said: May 27th. 2012 at 6:09 PM Lovely! The only reason I haven’t pinned the infinity dress is that I knew I’d never wear it. a bit to short for a woman in her 40′s thanks. 2012 at 10:30 AM Thanks for saving the day. Christie @Pathtothehalf said: May 24th. 2012 at 12:58 PM Where did you get that pink striped fabric? I’m in love! Beth said: June 3rd. I shall just cut off the existing band and reapply the taller bandeau. Great Job!! I Love it! . 2012 at 12:04 AM I just made this today and this is the best tutorial! You did so well at explaining everything! I only changed one thing that may help. I put a small seam at the top of the bandeau and put a peice of elastic in it to help keep it from slipping. Also saw them yank it way up to make the waistband fit over the bust. but then the dress becomes a baby doll dress.” Worked out great and thanks for the updated tute! kendascrafts said: May 22nd. I made this dress in navy for summer and was playing with ways I could tie it that weren’t so bare on the sides. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this. 2012 at 9:00 AM OMG I love it! I cant wait to try to make one…I am a bit of a novice though. even as small chested as I am. a bra is a must so…? I actually saw a video on youtube about tying these dresses in which the dress had the bandeau. Easy peasey!! And btw: your infinity dress directions are the best I have seen.69 Responses to “infinity dress with bandeau top” Cara said: May 22nd. 2012 at 6:49 PM awesome idea! Lauren Dack said: May 22nd. I agree. so my second dress (with a slight alteration in the skirt–I was also using stripey material and I made the skirt using panels so it gave a starburst effect) had a much wider waistband that served as the “bandeau. This I could do! Athena Grayson said: May 22nd.

i would greatly appreciate some more details because i am new to sewing Meala said: July 6th. I have to agree with a lot of others. I know I personally bought all there was at my store. Thanks heaps. 2012 at 5:01 AM This is a great tute. 2012 at 5:18 AM Great idea!!!!! I love it!!! Holly said: June 27th. I usually make clothes for my girls. thanks for this. 2012 at 3:34 AM Thank you for posting this. Melissa said: June 11th. so it’s possible someone was ugly like me at yours! calce said: June 16th. I’ve been looking for that for a while to make pants for my daughter.Liz said: June 8th. yours is the best infinity dress tutorial Ive come across so far and THIS was exactly the problem that has kept me from finally sewing the thing together ( I already have the fabric xD) great job stuff btw. 2012 at 1:13 PM Awesome! I pinned the red dress and was planning to make it…pleasantly surprised to find your update with the bandeau top! Perfect for me who has no chest at all. not the best fabric selection and I’m getting ready to make my first one. but now I’m in love with it for the dress. I am going to make this dress for myself. I was wondering also where you got the striped jersey fabric. 2012 at 9:50 AM Wow. everything gapes . I went to JoAnn’s. Though i will make minor alterations to the tube top. 2012 at 10:58 AM I got the fabric at JoAnn’s! There’s also a blue and white version that I grabbed. Sanjana said: July 5th. 2012 at 8:56 PM I love the idea… I’m a little confused as to the length of the bandeau and where you sew. I love your carolyng said: July 6th. it is a great dress. I have 3 kids and am still pretty busty so the added cover up is perfect Dee said: June 29th. I love the idea of the bandeau top. but this inspired me to make something for myself. too. I love the dress. 2012 at 9:16 AM Hi. I made this today and love it.

Thanks so much for a well-written set of directions! Lyn said: July 12th. so I feel your pain). I will wear the dress more if I am covered… THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS IDEA…. And she’s having so much fun with tying it up in different ways. 2012 at 12:51 AM You are a genius!! Jessica said: July 27th. so it runs along under my arm and is the least exposed. I don’t hem the straps or skirt. 2012 at 10:26 AM No.. We are both big girls with large chests and modesty is definatly for us!! Plus I don’t want any rolls hanging out! Haha!! Melissa said: July 28th. I would like the coverage as well. 2012 at 5:13 PM Thank you for this updated tutorial! I was planning to make your red dress for a girls’ weekend in Vegas. I am doing the bandeau idea…. A few Questions: Do you hem this skirt or straps at all?? if so how? And where did you put the seam on the bandeau? in the back? I missed it somehow. Is it just from belly to breastbone? Vivian said: July 9th. 2012 at 1:03 PM Wow I am just putting together my dress and read this just in time…. Lori said: .Andrea said: July 6th. The seam on the bandeau is on one side. It is stunning! Swimsuit fabric has such great drape. 2012 at 11:05 PM Just wanted to add that I’m thinking of adding clear/colorless straps to the bandeau to ensure that it doesn’t slip… Suzanne said: July 14th. 2012 at 12:49 PM I’m a very novice sewer but am going to attempt making this for my friend’s wedding dress and myself a bridesmaid dress. 2012 at 10:57 PM Just made your bandeau version for my daughter in a teal-colored swimsuit fabric. VIV IS SEWING…… Lyn said: July 12th. I have a question about where you got the measurement for the “height” of the bandeau. but was concerned about the sides (my straps will have to be 13″ wide.

basically. So I kept the same measurement. I just made a much taller waistband. 2012 at 12:52 PM It took less because I made the straps a little shorter. 2012 at 3:53 PM Great idea! I think I might alter the infinity dress I just finished this morning to add a bandeau! Wolfcat said: August 7th. 2012 at 5:02 PM AHA!! I literally just followed your tutorial of the original infinity. But I would still do 5 yards if I made it again. and 2) i was always concerned about skin showing… So… I made myself a little tube top/bra to wear over the top of at least a strapless bra… not quite as “permanent” as your solution. 2012 at 10:35 PM did this version also take five yards of fabric or do you need more? Melissa said: July 31st. I own one of the skirt variations that has the 2 layers made of silk/rayon and am looking to see if a variation on this pattern will allow a non-knit reversible dress to be made.50/yd (I Know!) but could only get 2 1/2 yards. It wouldn’t be as easy for an inexperienced seamstress. 2012 at 8:58 PM I just made this dress and it is awesome! I bought some fabric for $0. Isabelle said: August 2nd. 2012 at 6:18 PM The wider straps and bandeau top make it more likely to wear as well-especially with a small bolero or linen jacket to make it work for work. 2012 at 1:38 PM 30″ is my waist measurement for the original waistband in the dress without the bandeau. but after wearing it once. but I felt MUCH more secure in the dress with the 10″ (or so) wide band that can cover at least **that area** and make me feel a lot better while wearing it! Ashley Cooper said: July 30th. Michelle said: August 22nd. 2012 at 10:06 PM How did you arrive at 30″ for the bandeau width? Melissa said: August 17th. I decided that 1) I need to wear a bra. Emily said: August 16th. but I think it will be manageable-just take a bit more time and possibly a couple of pieces requiring bias cutting. The bandeau top let me shorten the straps to 60 inches ( 99 inches was called for) and still get the coverage I needed tutorial! ) Thanks for such an amazing .July 29th.

2012 at 6:51 PM My mom is making these for my bridesmaids as I type. 2012 at 12:43 AM I made this dress in black as a formal! I extended the skirt. and oh so sexy. The kind you can buy for like $15 at target. Tracy said: September 14th. 2012 at 1:13 PM awesome. but don’t love showing off my top half (and I am not crafty enough to figure out alterations to cover up!). 2012 at 9:31 AM This tutorial is the best out there for the infinity dress! The math is spot on and the directions were simple enough for beginners. Thanks for the pictures.you can easily find fabric for cheap. It made a difference in more unfinished projects and happy 18 year old. it gave me that hope back. Ours was $5 a yard. 25 bucks. Of course all the convertible dresses I found are out of our budget and the exposed sides posed a problem and had lost hope. It has all the information we need and instructions we can follow. Corrina said: December 23rd. Christie said: September 29th. and used a laced material as the bandeau and put cups in the front of the bandeau. Thank you for posting this – I am so excited to try it out!!! Christine said: August 24th. I would love to see a tute for a reversible and fabric selections.fabulous tutorial! And for PPs who wondered about fabric cost. awesome.sam said: August 23rd. 2012 at 9:45 AM Thank you so much! My daughter needs a dress for her college choir class and a convertible dress is the first thing I thought of since it would give her the most versatility. awesome! I saw the pattern for the red dress and was bummed because I loved it. I used an old set of jersey sheets that my parents were going to get rid of. jersey vs Lycra or the difference in modal jersey to hear which material works best. Thank you again for solving all our issues!! Lolita said: September 10th. Claire said: September 27th. this keep my breast from moving around and allowed me to have a sexy evening dress that was inexpensive. 2012 at 4:19 PM As far as fabric. 2012 at 10:26 PM Love it were going to do it for my wedding but I’m going to do two different colors I’ll send pick in 2 years. making these about $30 a dress. Aliy said: December 3rd. 2012 at 5:13 AM . When I found your tutorial.

stretch fabric on sale (£5/m) from a sari fabric stall I’m off to make this my Christmas party dress. Could I cut slits in the bandeau for this purpose? Or circles? Melissa said: March 7th. thank you for sharing. 2013 at 11:37 PM I’m not a very experienced sewer. 2013 at 10:09 AM Never mind. 2013 at 3:11 PM I’ve just found your site. 2013 at 2:25 PM Amazing dress made it today and fits perfectly i had to gather the skirt slightly cause i cut it a bit too big at the waist but it still worked brilliant pattern thanks Elizabeth S said: March 7th. Sewing Nut said: January 30th. Can someone explain in more detail and without sewing terms? Kenz said: January 18th. I bought some beautiful deep blue. and I’m confused about how to sew the bandeau top on. but they seemed so bra un-friendly and at 38H I definitely need a bra! Kenz said: January 14th. I reread the tutorial and now I get it. Thank you Emma said: January 4th. 2013 at 6:09 AM Thanks for this. i saw your red dress first and thought “I’d never wear this it would show to much skin’ and then scrolled down to find you’d already considered this! Lara said: February 14th. i LOVE this. Whoops…. she made the original and as we’re of similar waist size I tried it on. 2013 at 4:19 PM I love the idea of a bandeau under the straps. I really like the idea of this taller band and the possibility of shortening the straps is a bonus too. 2013 at 10:30 PM . I am now really keen to have a go! Tifany S said: February 2nd. It’s brilliant but I did feel a bit exposed for some of the wraps and the straps felt a bit bulky on my waist at times too.My friend showed me to your tutorial. I’ve avoided making one because I’ve never worked out how you remain modest (for a middle aged mum with boobs) from the side. 2013 at 7:55 AM Thank you soooooo much! I’m making a new dress for my 24th birthday and decided on an infinity dress. I’m always looking for things that would be nursing-friendly as well.

2013 at 11:05 PM I’ve been wanting to do your little red infinity dress for ages now. 2013 at 5:30 PM Thank you. 2013 at 9:50 PM I really like this version. 2013 at 11:46 AM I would think you could put it on over your head and be just fine! Leah said: April 6th. There is a 20 inch difference between my hips and waist. But (aside from coordinating time. 2013 at 2:27 AM I just decided to try this even though I don’t own a sewing machine and haven’t sewn anything (successfully) since middle school.i looked at the tutorial but did not understand. motivation and space!!!! we have three beautiful daughters and so there is not much left for sewing!!!) I wasn’t sure how I would get away from the bra issue. Bobbie said: March 25th. far more comfortable AND you look absolutely fabulous in it!!! Thanks for sharing . with my inexpensive €3/m stretchy fabric! Now I can focus on making the wedding cake… Michelle said: March 14th. thank you for this great tutorial and especially the addition of the bandeau!!! I have a wedding to go to in a week and just put this together in about two hours.Sure! I don’t see why not.html Heidi said: April 1st. You could probably just pull it down. Thanks!! Melissa said: . I am so grateful for this tutorial. I have a question. I posted links to this and your little red dress tutorials on my post about making my dress because if I can follow your tutorial.com/2013/03/how-to-make-modest-infinity-dress-for. 2013 at 4:09 PM I really love this dress but how do you sew the bandeau top on. Kori Buford said: April 8th. and it is ADORABLE! I had been trying to find a modest way to wear an infinity dress because I will be wearing one in a wedding in October and it needs to meet my LDS modesty standards. Alison said: March 8th. I finished the dress in five hours sewing it by hand. 2013 at 12:30 AM Have you ever thought about doing a convertible pantsuit/jumper? I’ve seen them on-line I just couldn’t figure out how to make one.blogspot. material. Would this pattern work or would I need to make the waist larger to fit my hips? Thanks for any help you can offer. This dress is just as beautiful. ANYONE can! Thanks again! If you’d like to see the dress I made. thank you. you can check it out at my blog. http://anxiouslyengaging. I wouldn’t be caught dead in the original – too much showing. Melissa said: April 2nd. too. energy.

The heavier the weight of the fabric. Added a narrow fold over hem at the top & threaded thru elastic to help keep it up. 2013 at 10:33 PM Thank you. Nessa said: May 13th. 2013 at 8:14 PM A light weight knit works best. 2013 at 10:35 AM You sew it on like you do the waistband in the main dress tutorial. I also always get irritated when I’m not able to find proper tutorials and just work my own patterns out You should try making the bandeau dress with a raised waist line (right under the breasts). just use the measurement at the level of the bra band as the ‘waist’. 2013 at 12:55 AM One quick question… Is there a fabric that works best? I’m thinking of making this but want to get fabric that will work well. Then turn it inside out and pin the bottom of it around the opening in the dress and sew it on. straps in royal purple. Made bandeau and skirt in navy. thank you. Barnheartbabe said: June 6th. thank you!!!! I just made this. Would make an ideal maternity top. Looks awesome. 2013 at 10:56 AM Really cool. Kristen said: May 22nd. since it already covers everything up to . You put right sides together and sew down the side of the bandeau piece to make a tube. What’s cool about it is that you can always just tuck away the bandeau and it becomes a normal infinity dress again. shorten the bandeau to cover. Ana said: June 16th. it sits much nicer that way. The straps should be between the bandeau piece and the skirt piece. 2013 at 10:30 PM I used a knit-fabric sheet set (as per a commenter’s sugggestion in the other tutorial) and its great I used one of the pillow cases as my bandeau. Some ideas: I used one of the pillow cases as my bandeau. the heavier the dress will be to wear. floor length for the formal dinner on a cruise I’m taking in two weeks. The test dress is navy blue. Magan said: May 27th. This was a “test” and I couldn’t be more pleased.April 9th. Thanks!! Melissa said: May 27th. and hem to when you need for your bump. Has anyone considered or tried just making it into a shirt & skipping the skirt? Maybe I’m nuts if so tell me but a part of me wonders if you could just make this & just do the bandeau piece and attach the straps and make a cool top. 2013 at 5:40 AM This looks great. the real dress will be in a stunning red much more expensive spandex/polyester.

you’ll really want the length in the straps to get them wrapped properly. 2013 at 10:04 PM I love this tutorial! My future MIL and I are making these for my bridesmaids next week. 2013 at 9:31 AM That should be more than plenty! For the bandeau one with less fabric I had to make a seam in the straps so I wouldn’t recommend doing it that way. 2013 at 4:13 PM . lol Melissa said: August 25th. but we’re trying it with a stretch taffeta instead. so I’m hoping that it’s enough! Thanks! Melissa said: July 15th.it mary said: August 25th.your breasts. Give it a try! Angela said: July 11th. 2013 at 7:54 AM I do think you need more fabric. I am considerably bigger than you and was wondering if I made the bandeau top. 2013 at 10:14 PM I don’t see why not! Making them narrower will also reduce some of the bulk from tying them around you. Great idea! Torie said: September 18th. An empire waist would be precious! Go for it! Jen said: October 17th. How much shorter were you able to make the straps when you used the bandeau top? I have 17 yards of fabric for 3 dresses. 2013 at 9:33 PM I am in love with this dress. Yes I have big boobs. can I make the straps slightly narrower? my strap would be 17 inches. 2013 at 9:09 PM This is so perfect was trying to figure out brides maid dresses an ran acrost this gonnrun it by my girls I’m in love. 2013 at 12:30 AM LOVE it!! i was just wanting your opinion on something first I am a plus size woman with very large boobies but want a dress so bad… 1) do you think more material is needed for larger women 2) an empire waist dress always fits my body better to you think this dress could be made like that as well and still be functional? Thanks again for posting best pattern I have found for this dress!! Melissa said: September 18th. Katie said: August 3rd.

it was the most easy to follow of the ones I found online! I just made a dress as a sample of sorts for my bridesmaids dresses and ended up swapping out the waistband for the bandeau and it works so much better this way The problem I ran into was that the waist of the skirt ended up much wider than the bandeau so I have a weird gap. Sew Like My Mom. Notify me of new posts by email.I love your tutorial. | 2010 Site Meter . Did you use a double stretch knit or something that was a bit more sturdy? Leave a Reply Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website or Blog Privacy & Terms Submit Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. I’m not sure if I goofed in measuring the skirt of if the knit stretched too much in sewing.