How to Sew a DIY Bardot Top With Cute Puff Sleeves

10 Materials
2 Hours

Bardot tops are named for the French beauty and fashion icon, Brigitte Bardot. She made the off-shoulder look popular. While some Bardot tops look a bit awkward, this floral Bardot top looks gorgeous.

This lightly frilled off-the-shoulder top is an absolute fashion essential. Let me show you how to sew a Bardot puff sleeve top you can wear today.

Tools and materials:

  • 1 yard polyester jersey fabric - floral preferred
  • 1 inch elastic
  • ¼ inch elastic
  • Pins
  • Safety pin
  • Ruler
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Serger
  • Sewing machine
Making a pattern for the Bardot top

1. Make the pattern

Fold the fabric in half and mark a 20 by 25 inch (50 X 64 cm) rectangle. Cut the fold in half so you have two pieces.

Fabric for the top pattern

Cut another two 20 X 25 inch pieces for a total of four pieces.

Measuring across

Fold all 4 pieces in half. The new measurements should be 20 inches (50 cm) across.

Measuring down

It should measure 12 ½ inches (32 cm) down. Pin the fabric layers together so they don’t move.

Eight layers of fabric

You should have 8 layers.

Making 6 inches inward

On the right side along the unfolded bottom edge mark 6 inches (15 cm) from the end inward.

Making along 3 inches

Measure and mark on the right along the length from the edge up 3 inches (7.5 cm).

Joining the two points on a curve

Join these two points together on a curve.

Cutting out the curve

Cut out the curve. Remove the pins.

Unfolding the fabric

Unfold the fabric. You should have 4 pieces and 2 curves on either side at the top. Remove the top layer and set aside.

How to sew a Bardot top

2. Sew the pattern

Join the two middle pieces right sides together. Set aside the fourth layer for now. Pin along the curve on the right and sew it together.

Pinning along the curve

Take the top layer and fourth layer right sides together and pin along the curve on the right. Sew the curve together. 

DIY Bardot top tutorial

This is what they should look like.

Pinning and sewing the curves

Lay the two pieces right sides together with the sewn curves in the center. Pin and sew the two small curves at the top.

Gathering in the corners

Once those are sewn, gather in the two corners on the right to each other.

Gather the left side

Gather in the left side.

Serging the raw edges

It will look like a blouse. Serge all the raw edges.

Cutting elastic for the top

3. Cut the elastics

Cut a piece of 1-inch elastic to match your shoulder circumference less 2 inches. Cut two pieces of ¼-inch elastic to match your arm circumference less 2 inches. 

Making sleeve casings

4. Make the sleeve casings

Lay a sleeve flat. Mark and measure 4 inches (10 cm) up from the sleeve cuff.

Placing the ruler across

Place the ruler across to mark a horizontal line. Repeat for the other sleeve.

Folding the sleeve up to the mark

Fold the sleeve up to mark. Sew across at the marking.

Laying elastic at the seam

Lay the ¼ inch elastic right at the sewn seam. Mark the elastic’s width on the fabric. Sew a parallel seam along the mark to make the sleeve casing. Repeat for the other sleeve.

Making the Bardot top casing

5. Make the Bardot top casing

Repeat the technique with the sleeve. Measure 4 inches down along the entire neckline. Mark with a horizontal line. Fold the fabric in and sew across to secure. Leave a 2-inch space unsewn.

Sewing the elastic

Lay the 1 inch elastic right at the seam. Mark the width on the casing. Sew a parallel seam along the mark to make the Bardot top casing. 

Inserting elastic

6. Insert the elastics

Start with the sleeves. Use a safety pin to insert the ¼-inch cuff elastic. As you advance the elastic through, pin the end of the elastic to the entry point.

Pulling the elastic through

Pull the elastic through the casing, remove the safety pin, and pin the other elastic end in place. Repeat for the second sleeve.

Inserting elastic into the drop shoulder

To insert the elastic for the drop shoulder top, place a safety pin on the 1 inch elastic. Insert through the unsewn space you left.

Securing the elastic ends together

Pull the elastic through until you can join the two elastic ends together. Sew to secure them.

Tucking the elastic back in

Tuck the elastic back in. Distribute the gathers evenly and sew the gap to close.

Sewing the elastic in place

Hold the cuff elastic in place. Remove the pins one at a time, sewing to secure the elastic in place. Do for all four edges. 

Sewing the inner sleeve and side seams

7. Complete the Bardot top

Flip the top so the right sides are together. Sew the inner sleeve and side seams.

Hemming the bottom

Hem the bottom with a single fold.

DIY Bardot top

DIY Bardot top

I love beautiful Bardot tops and I hope you do too.

How to make a DIY Bardot top

Please let me know in the comments if you made this classic stylish top. 

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Suggested materials:
  • 1 yard polyester jersey fabric - floral preferred
  • 1 inch elastic
  • ¼ inch elastic
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  • Leslie Leslie on Sep 03, 2022

    Hi Tuba, Beautifully made! I had found when I was younger and wore this type of top that when I moved a certain way with my arm the elastic would ride up and no longer sit below my shoulders. Have you found this to be true with your pattern or did you make the elastic a bit looser to not do this?