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Message Board > Fitting Woes > Halter top fix ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Halter top fix
How do I keep it up to cover the bra strap?
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Date: 2/7/12 7:47 PM

Last year I made McCalls 5802, now OOP.

The top is cute and would be great to wear on Summer holiday, but I can't keep the back of the top from sagging and showing my bra. I am not sure if it should have been more fitted or what?
Here is a picture of the back - staying up for the photo...



Any suggestions on how to make it work? I have considered sewing a channel at the top (it is self lined) and adding a length of elastic secured at the side seams to just pull it in a bit. Any thoughts on this??

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Date: 2/7/12 8:17 PM

I don't know how to alter the pattern to fix the issue before it starts, but Claire Shaffer in her Couture sewing book refers to using stays to hold things in place. Her example was for plunge neckline but the principle is the same. Basically, sew one end of a small length of something fairly rigid near the edge of the garment, pointing down, and then tuck the other end into your bra to hold the garment in place.

I don't have the book with me to refer to how exactly this is done. Hope somebody else can weigh in!

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Date: 2/8/12 0:57 AM

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have considered sewing a channel at the top (it is self lined) and adding a length of elastic secured at the side seams to just pull it in a bit

Sue, I follow this method for all backless and strap type tops.
I usually cut the elastic a tad smaller than what I measure across the back, from sideseam to sideseam.
Then I place the elastic in the channel and secure with safety pins to check the fit.
Stitch in the ditch to secure the elastic.
If you have a facing on the top ;
When the facing is folded down, it covers the elastic ends and gives a nice smooth finish.
I use 1/4" or 6mm mostly, braided or knit. I like the knitted type best.
Clear elastic probably works OK too, but I have an on/off relationship with clear elastic :D

JMHO and hope it helps somewhat
I love your top - in fact I bought the pattern after seeing your review.
Perfect for this hot weather we are having right now

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Date: 2/8/12 1:13 AM

Thanks girls - I will try the elastic - thanks for all the tips Vonne. I really like the top too and am sorry that I am reluctant to wear it, so decided it was time to fix it!

Lariene - I have seen that solution too and wondered if it would work but I really need it held up along the whole length of the back. I will keep it in mind though if needed on another piece.

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Date: 2/8/12 3:19 AM

Sue, let us know how the fix works..sometimes it just takes a little fix to make us be able wear something we really love.

Last night, I decided to shorten a bias/gore, B&W, cotton-linen dress. I always loved the fit and style of a RTW dress, but it was too long at lower mid calf.
The weather is ideal for wearing a dressy, shorter/knee length, so this morning before I rushed out the door, I ran the hem through my Coverpro...it took 5 mins flat, no puckers on that bias, no problems... just love the way my CP can hem those curved seams
The dress looks so much better and I loved wearing it today.

Enjoy wearing your "fixed" top too !!!

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Date: 2/9/12 9:42 AM

Put a "belt loop" on the inside at the center back seam and put your strap through it like a belt.

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Date: 2/9/12 10:33 AM

I would try raising the back and inch or so too!

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Date: 2/9/12 1:47 PM

I quite often use the "double belt loop" technique on open back skating dresses and fitness costumes -- one on each side of centre back. They do the job and hold everything in place. I also elasticize the upper edge of the back for added support and stability.

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