Many summer dresses have narrow shoulder straps or even spaghetti straps that always seem to leave your bra strap showing when you move. A strapless bra is not always a good option.
Summer necklines on many blouses and shirts cause the same problem. You "thought" the blouse would cover your bra strap and then you end up tugging and pulling at it all day trying to hide the evidence.
Have you even resorted to having a friend gather your two straps to the middle of your back and pin them together?
That's just a temporary fix that definitely isn't fail safe. And, if the safety pin accidentally opens, a stab in the back isn't fun.
If the garment has a shoulder seam, here's a simple solution to the problem!
Materials Needed for This Project
- Double-fold bias tape -- small scraps will do if you have them on hand.
- Small sew-on snaps
- Thread -- Is there a difference in sewing thread? You be the judge!
How to Make a Bra Strap Holder
- Try on the blouse, shirt or dress. Place a pin on both edges of the area the bra strap should be on both shoulders.
- Hand sew one side of a snap onto the shoulder seam allowance, on the outside edge of each marked spot.
- Measure the distance from the outside edge of one strap to the outside edge of the other snap.
- Cut two strips of bias tape, 3/4-inch longer than the distance between the snaps.
- Turn in the raw ends of the bias tape 1/4 inch. Stitch the edges of the bias tape closed.
- Hand sew the other sides of the snaps to each end of the bias tape.
- Enclose your bra strap in the bias strip to wear and hold the bra strap in place.
Note: The snaps used in this project are Dritz Nylon Sew-On Snaps. These snaps work great because they are lighter weight and less bulky than regular metal snaps.
A thread-crochet bra strap holder can be made by securing the thread at the open end with a small snap. This technique also creates less bulk in the garment.
Make Sure Your Bra Fits Properly
- Get professionally measured. Most women don't realize they are wearing the wrong size bra.
- Pay special attention to the cup size. If the cup of your bra is not completely filled, the straps will slip down.
- Back size is equally important. If the band of your bra is too large, the shoulder straps will be farther apart and prone to slipping.
- Try a different style. Racerbacks typically close in front and keep the straps more securely in place.
- Another style option is a leotard back that has straps that are not vertical to the bra band and farther apart from the armhole edge.
If All Else Fails
When all else fails, tricky necklines can always be handled with double-sided fashion tape.