Interlude: Bra Straps

finished straps

Hey all, I’m gonna take a little pause today before my final construction post. I’m running a little behind but I hope to be back tomorrow! In the meantime, a strap interlude…

This might seem ridiculously simple but I could never figure out which end went where through the slider. Maybe it’s because I’m lefthanded–the visuals always look backwards. So this one’s for the lefties out there!

First I cut my straps. I like to cut each about 19 inches for insurance. The left side is going to be in the back. The right side will connect to the front cup with a ring.

1. Threading the end through slider, with the wrong (often fuzzy) side of the strap facing up. I fold this bit down and stitch a secure seam.

threading strap through slider

2. Looping the right end up and over and threading it through the slider…

pulling strap through slider

3. Pulling it all the way through to the left…

finished strap

The straps are sewn at the end but it’s always nice to have them pre-assembled. And I’m glad I checked–I forgot to take my own advice and buy extra strap elastic! The Bra-makers notions kit includes less than 18 inches of it. So you can see in the top photo I changed my game. Thank goodness I had a small bit of my silk left from which to make straps–and they had to be small. They were made super easy thanks to Steph’s very clever rouleau tie tutorial at 3 Hours Past.

My straps are assembled similarly to the nude ones, except the adjustment is going to be in the back rather than the front. How do you like to do your straps? Do you favor the adjustment in the front or back?

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Comments

  1. CGCouture January 25, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    Nice tutorial! I’m not a leftie (for most things anyway), but I know a lot of people that are, and know that sometimes it can be hard to visualize how to do things “backwards”.

    I actually prefer my adjusters in the front, it’s just easier for me to get them set properly if I can do them myself while wearing the bra, as opposed to getting my husband (and his freezing cold hands!! ;-) ) to do it for me.

    • Amy January 25, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

      I know! I have a friend who is a prolific knitter and she tried to teach me to knit. She had to come behind me to hold my hands and we were laughing the whole time because my orientation was totally backwards for her. I’ve actually resorted to flipping pictures on my computer…

  2. Rebecca January 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    Thanks for the great idea Amy. I love love those bra straps made from rouleau. I would never have thought of that myself but that is totally what my bra is having. So much prettier. I think I need to go and check out the bra departments of a couple of stores and get some more ideas. If anyone in Sydney sees some crazy women taking pictures of bras, come and say hello. I’m not really some kind of weird pervert.

    • Amy January 25, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

      that’s exactly what I do! Most of the construction ideas I get come from looking up and down the seams of bras.

  3. Carolyn January 25, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    I love the rouleau idea, and will definitely use that sometime, thanks for the inspiration Amy!
    I made my own straps from the same fabric as the bra, because the options available to me here are very limited colour wise. That goes for all those little bits and bobs; elastic, hooks and eyes, sliders and rings. That’s if I want to support my own local fabric stores, and I do. I’ve still got your dyeing idea tucked away in my head for the future though!
    Thanks again for the brilliant sew-along!

    • Amy January 25, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

      Thanks! I think I might try this more often, because elastic can be hit or miss with dye (you don’t always know the content). And now that I think about it, a fabric strap may last longer!

  4. Andrea January 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Great explanation and visual!
    I was surprised to see how little strap elastic is included in a bra kit from Bramaker’s Supply. I can salvage some from other bras if necessary.

    • Amy January 28, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

      Thanks! I guess it’s this way because many of their patterns have a partial fabric strap. They also have a “notions” kit without the fabrics and I thought this may have more strap elastic. It’s too bad, because their elastics are really great quality.

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