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It’s currently “Fancy Month” in the Self Sewn Wardrobe, and we’ve all been realizing that making and studying formalwear leads to a lot of really excellent conversations around technique and style.
This is one of our most useful videos! It shows you how to create lingerie guides, so that you can wear the bra of your choice, without showing the straps!
How to Sew Lingerie Guides for Narrow Straps
Zede’s Favorite Scissors: These 4 inch comfort handle scissors by Famore Cutlery are the perfect companion to your rotary cutter, shears, and tiny snips. They are large enough to clip corners or notch curves, but not too big to be dangerous around your machine. We have a pair of scissors this size at each of our sewing machines.
Nylon Snaps: You can never have too many of these buddies handy! Clear snaps can be a life saver on the humblest of button-ups to the fanciest of wedding dresses. Get a few packs when you order- they don’t go bad, and you’ll be glad you have them around!
Silamide thread: This waxed nylon thread is a favorite among alterations specialists and hand-beading enthusiasts (notice the brand). It is pre-waxed and glides perfectly through any fabric. The Thread Heaven mentioned in the video is no longer available. If you have Silamide in a few natural colors, you’ll be ready to take on hand sewing in no time! It even comes in pre-cut lengths, so that’s convenient!
Perle Cotton Size 8:
Option 1- a Ribbon Guide
If you can, incorporate a ribbon into your strap between the lining and fashion fabric as you construct the garment. Sew the male side of the snap to the ribbon, and the female side to the lining of the garment. Make it wide enough to accommodate your lingerie snap.
Option 2- Crochet Chain
Adding a crochet chain and snap is a super subtle, low profile way to keep a slip or bra strap in place. It’s the easiest way to add a guide to a ready-to-wear or already constructed garment. Simply start a crochet chain by making a loop with your thread, and make the loop long enough to accommodate your lingerie snap. Then attach the male side of the snap to the chain, and the female side to the garment.
Pretty handy- huh?
Let us know if you’ve used this in your sewing!