Do your bras ever do this?

September 6, 2011 at 12:10 PM 7 comments

Do your bras ever do this?


Or worse yet, this?


They are uncomfortable, scratchy and ugly. They’re done for, right? Wrong. If the rest of the bra is still in good shape, then simply fix it. (Yes, it’s simple!) The hooks on the back wings (the strips that go around from the cup to close in the back) are easily replaceable!


The hooks (from a “hook and eye” set) are actually set down in a little pocket, and then sewn in place. All we have to do is use a seam ripper to remove the stitches still securing the old hook to the pocket, and then wiggle a little to remove the old hook.



Next, place a new hook into the pocket, hold it in place with one hand while you hand sew like you would with a 2-hole button.


(Some people might prefer to mark the holes of the hook for ease of sewing. Above, I used two satin pins to demonstrate. Honestly, I do a much neater job when I mark…but I still find myself skipping this step rather often. It’s up to you.)

I would normally use thread as close in color as I could to match the bra, but I used a contrasting thread color this time for your viewing pleasure. J The thread is doubled, double knotted at the end, and six full stitches (or more, if you prefer) are made to secure the new hook going back and forth between the two holes of the hook. I go through all layers to make sure it is good and secure. You can stop short of the last layer if you prefer, but who is going to see it besides yourself?



Then, slip the needle through the stitches on the side of the hook and before you pull it all the way through, loop the needle back through the opening or hole created in the thread twice, and pull tight. This will have knotted off your work, and you can trim away the excess thread and needle.



Flip it over to admire your handiwork.


Not only have you saved a bra, but you’ve saved a ton of money in replacing a bra! Good work!

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Our Jubilant Nest  |  September 7, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    Cool!

    Reply
  • 3. Brave Brooke  |  September 8, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    this rocks! I never knew you could fix them and it seems like all my c;asps have been getting bent out of shape lately!

    Reply
    • 4. modestmomma  |  September 8, 2011 at 3:34 PM

      Thanks Brave Brooke! The clasps are easily bent in the washer and dryer. I try to remember to always hook my bras closed before washing them as doing so has significantly reduced my need to replace hooks…alas, there are always some that get by me. 🙂 At least it is a simple fix!

      Reply
  • 5. Lindsay  |  September 9, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    That is a great tip! I bet it helps so much. Thanks for sharing this @ Show & Share!

    Reply
  • 6. Shiloh  |  September 9, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    You know, I never really thought of that. And by never really, I mean never ever.:) Thanks for the advice. New follower from Boost my Blog Friday:)

    Reply
  • 7. Tamara @ Etcetorize  |  September 12, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    This is a great idea! I would love it if you would share over at my new linky party… etcetorize.blogspot.com~

    Reply

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