Archive for October, 2015
The Problem: Peek-A-Boo Bra Straps
The Solution: A Simple, Sew-In, Snap Guide
We all have a shirt or two that we LOVE, but every time we wear it, our bra strap ends up playing peek-a-boo. It’s frustrating, annoying, and even embarrassing. We have to be on guard, paying attention to our every move so that should the shirt slip a little, we don’t end up showing a lot. You know what I mean…and it always happens at the most inconvenient time, too.
• Grosgrain Ribbon, ¼“ to ⅜” Wide
• 2 Sew-in Snap Sets
• Machine, or Needle & Matching Thread (matching your shirt color)
• Marking Pen (Evaporating)/Pencil/Taylor’s Chalk
1. Put “that” shirt on.
2. Look in the mirror. Adjust the shirt so that it is sitting correctly on your shoulders. Nothing peeking.
3. Mark the shoulder seam, where your bra strap is sitting, on both sides of the strap. Both Shoulders.
4. Transfer these marks to the inside of the shirt/shoulder seam for later reference. (I find holding the shirt up to the window is hugely helpful in seeing the marks, and then the glass becomes a solid surface to support the marking of the space.)
5. Measure the distance between the marks on each shoulder…they should be the same. (Although, remember that not all bra straps are the same width. Some are thick, some are thin, and some are padded. All of mine are the same because I have a particular bra style that I love for comfort and support, but yours may be different and you might need to make appropriate accommodations.)
6. Double that measurement and add ½” for the length of the grosgrain ribbon. Do this twice, one for each shoulder. (You’ll only sew on half of this length of ribbon though, so that the other half can be free to wrap around your bra strap and then be snapped in place.)
7. Melt the ends of the ribbon(s) with a quick pass of a lighter.
8. On one side/face of the ribbon, sew on the snap parts near the lateral ends.
9. Sew-in the ribbon between the lines you drew on each shoulder, making sure to “lock” the beginning and end of this short, centered seam. (Locking” the seam means to move forward a couple of stitches, and then go in reverse a couple of stitches, and then move forward again.) This seam can be “hidden” in the existing shoulder seam, but make sure to use thread matching the color of your shirt just in case your seam line isn’t so straight. 😉
RIGHT SHOULDER: (inside-back of the shirt is facing you)
LEFT SHOULDER: (inside-back of the shirt is facing you)
So, here is what we have:
10. The floppy, unattached ends now are ready to go under your bra strap on each side, and snap in place. No more Peek-A-Boo! Problem solved!