Ah, bra straps. Maybe my favorite part of the bra because you can be SO creative with them! Well, that is, as long as you follow a few guidelines...
- make your straps completely stable - NO ELASTIC STRAPS
- don't make them too narrow (no less than 1/2" wide) if you are larger than a C/D cup
- make sure your strap placement on the upper cup is directly above your nipple. so many patterns have the strap placed toward the underarm, which is almost a guarantee that they will fall off your shoulder!
In the video below I show my favorite way to make straps, but it certainly isn't the only way! Some other considerations...
- I like to have a simple straight stitch down each side, but some prefer to use a decorative stitch to add a little embellishment.
- I don't make my straps adjustable. For me, once they are sewn down I never have to change them. Some people like the look or wear of adjusters, so I now carry ring and slides.
- Even though your straps should be completely stable, some prefer the mobility that a little bit of elastic can provide. You can use a 2"-3" piece of strapping plush (NOT the same elastic you use on the bottom/top of the bra) sewn to the strap at the back. (this little piece of satin plush is now included in all my bra kits and bra finishing kits, and you can also purchase it separately)
- The most common strap size among my clients is 1/2" wide. You can make them as narrow as 3/8" or as wide as 1". You can even add a little polyester fleece for padding.
- I generally make my straps out of the same fabric as my cups, but they can be made of almost anything. Other ideas... lace covered with sheer tricot or contrasting fabric
Do you have a favorite way to make straps? Share it with us!!!