Most of the times, it takes someone in front of you to notice and alert you about the bra strap creeping from under the shoulder of your dress. If it is a date or a business meeting you may or maynot get the hint from the many embarrassed looks that signal that it is out in the open.Well, don’t wait for that.
Every bra wearing girl must have experienced the problem of a bra strap showing off itself for all the world to see.But you are not keen on this particular show off – are you?.
A bra strap holder is very easy to sew. Let me tell you how to. These are tutorials for three types of bra strap holders used in different circumstances.
1. BRA STRAP HOLDER
This is a strap holder that you sew on to the shoulder seams of your tops/ dresses so that the straps are not visible peeping out near the shoulder seam.
How to make this bra strap holder
You need a fabric piece which is 1.5 “wide and a pair of snaps to make this strap holder. Cut a long strip so that you can make the strap holder for a number of dresses at once . I usually take a 28 inch long fabric piece, so that I can get 8 bra strap holders ( of 3.5 inch ) , which is good for 4 tops.
Fold the fabric strip by the center lengthwise. Then fold the edges to the inside ( Like you would make a double folded bias binding strip) Stitch along the fold . You have the strap ready.
Cut the straps 3.5 inch in length . You will be folding 1/4 inch on either side under so the final holder will be 3 inches.
Take a pair of snaps – Fold one end of the strap piece. Keep the snap on the folded edge. Sew the snap on the strap end .
Sew the counterpart snap on the shoulder seam near the neck.
Sew the strap to the other end of the shoulder seam. Please make sure that the snaps will meet before sewing it on. Remember to fold the end there too.( for a neat look)Stitch with a matching thread. You can machine stitch the strap or hand sew with whip stitches around.
Sew the strap on the other shoulder as well. Then continue sewing the straps to the rest of your tops.
2. BRA STRAP CONNECTOR/ HOLDER
This holder serves a very different purpose than the earlier holder. Sometimes you wear a halter neck dress and you need a bra which lies close to your neck. The wide straps of your bra should be brought closer to the middle of the body so that it will not be visible to the outside of the halter top/ dress.
This easy peasy bra strap holder can be made with a small piece of elastic or stretchy fabric strap 8 inch in length. You also need a hook like this one.
Just string the hook on the elastic and stitch the fabric ends together. The bra strap connector holder is ready to be hooked on. You can attach it to the front or the back or both.
3. LOW BRA STRAP HOLDER
Sometimes you wear a very low V neck back top , blouse or dress and your bra strap is embarrassingly and glaringly visible near the V of the back. That is enough to mar the beauty of the dress you are wearing.
You can easily lower the bra by this bra hack in which you stitch a piece of elastic connecting the hook edges of the bra.
Measure around your waist or where you want the bra strap to be at. Subtract 2-3″. Cut out a 3/4 ” wide elastic in this measure. Wear the bra as usual and cross the elastic band at the back and once more slip this over your body. Now you can easily slip the bra strap lower by lowering the elastic attached to it.
Got this idea from this delightful blogger at extrapetite – She is not lazy like me and so makes an extra strap which you can wear with other bras as well. Head over to her blog for more instructions to make this very ingenious bra strap holder. But my seam ripper is ever ready to take out the stitches when I sew the elastic directly on to the bra edges and it is not everyday that I wear low back blouse .