Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sew Sunday: Changing a Strap

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 Sometimes designers just don't think about women actually wearing their clothes. I love a good sleeveless dress or top as much as the next person, but I can't do without a bra most of the time. I thrifted this Old Navy new stock (tags still on: $36.99 new, $4 thrifted) dress and knew that it would need to be taken up and something done with the straps. In this case, the dress had a lot of raw edging and a crinkly over fabric. I cut a sortof ragged hem up to my knee. I took the leftover fabric and sewed them in half. I then layered the fabric strips underneath the 'rope' straps. I ran the machine over both ends to attach then ran it down the braid to attach them to the fabric. I now have a more modest dress. Now if only I can work around it's very pale color!

I should warn those attempting this - measure, measure, measure. You can see the edges of a cami next to the dress. I tried a similar technique, but did not measure correctly. So the leftover piece is now in my pile of practice fabric.


  1. Oh its so so true! All these fashion runway shows, I look at these designer pieces and think - fabulous!

    But - how and where to wear these?


    It's OUT!
    Come and join The Pajama Project!
    Twenty York Street

    Twenty York Street

  2. Such a great idea. I don't use my sewing skills enough. I'll try to remember this one next time I'm attracted to a spaghetti strap tank or dress. I gravitate towards them often, but put them back as I don't like to go braless either.

  3. Oh, if you get tired of the pale color, RIT dye is fab alternative. I've done it in the washer a number times and it doesn't leave any residue or anything as long as you do a wash cycle after you're done.:)

  4. @ Keely - I'll keep that in mind for the future, but I think my MIL would croak if I dyed something other than my hair in her house. Lol!


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