Sunday, March 14, 2010

HOW TO: Put Straps on a Strapless

Okay, so the time has come! Last night I decided to finally sew some straps on my jumpsuit I got from Jen's Fashion Plus. If you have a strapless top and you're struggling, like I was, to keep it over your boobs - be it too big or too small - here's a short tutorial of the method I used.

I was thinking about making it a halter top but the back was also struggling to stay up, so instead of making two "normal" straps I used an idea from a dress I already own. I sewed two bits of ribbon at the front and two at the back, with the intention of tying the same sides together to make straps with a pretty bow. That meant that I could choose how tight I wanted the straps to be, or even make it a halter neck if I really wanted.

First, I got some ribbon from the local market, I thought black with white spots would fit the kinda army/nautical theme that I think matches the jumpsuit. I got 1.5metres I think. I cut the ribbon in to four equal pieces. NOTE: DO NOT DO THAT. You will want the back pieces to be longer than the front pieces or it can be a pain in the ass to tie. It's fine and I can do it, but in future I'd make the back straps about 5cm-10cm longer than the front straps. I have learned. And hey, if it's such a nightmare to tie you can always get someone else to tie it for you ;)

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I then sewed over the edge of the bit I cut that I wanted to attach to the inside of the top. It's messy but it will stop it from fraying and you can't see it anyway.

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At this point, Chloe thought it was an awesome idea to attack the ribbon. Note: Do not utilise a cat's aid in this project.

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After that, I put the jumpsuit on and pinned where I wanted the straps to be on the front. I then layed it flat and pinned where I wanted them to be on the back so they lined up. Then I simply sewed it to the inside of the top, using dark thread and small stitches on the outside, this is what the inside looks like.. Messy, yes, but it will stay in place firmly. I went over all four sides, especially the top part sewing it right to the edge of the suit, so that it appeared seamless and didn't roll down and show my messy stitching.

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And this is the outside.. Repeat the above step 3 more times and you have added straps!

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And some pictures of the finished edit.

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If you tuck the back straps in you can wear it as a halter like this, I don't think I will though.
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Jumpsuit @ Jen's Fashion Plus.
Leggings @ Yours.


4 Comments:

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Moe said...

Love the polka dots! What a great idea. They look like they could be tucked in if you wanted to go strapless too.

fatnurse said...

Can't go strapless as it doesn't hold up over my boobs, that's why I added them :D If I get a little more up top then I'll definitely tuck 'em in and wear as intended!

angelashupe said...

Brilliant! You did a great job on it. I really like the ribbon you used as well.

 
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