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Spaghetti straps fro bridesmaids' dresses
Adjustable or no?
Slyvchan
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Date: 12/20/12 0:56 AM

So, crazy me decided to make my three bridesmaids' dresses (fortunately I still have about five months!). The pattern is Butterick 5457 (View D), and I need to add spaghetti straps because, well, strapless dresses are impossible to dance in!

My problem is, should I make them adjustable, or should I measure each girl for her strap length? If I made them adjustable, I'd use these lovely little babies, the clear ones, similar to what you'd find on the average bra strap. The question comes with style: is it tacky/less formal to make them adjustable? I'm super busy as it is, so getting measurements for the individual dresses is a bit of a pain, but I don't want to go with adjustable straps just for the sake of time-saving.

Thanks in advance!

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Subject: Spaghetti straps fro bridesmaids dresses Date: 12/20/12 10:28 AM

I have seen the adjustable straps on RTW dresses but never from a bridal shop. Even the dresses that come from my most unfavorite large bridal box store that everyone shops at doesn't use them, at least on all the dresses that come to me for alterations, usually straps and hems. What I do when I'm making bridesmaids dresses is secure the straps in front and leave an opening in the back bodice to slip them in and sew. If you bag the lining like they do at bridal shops it's easier to alter everything. Just make sure to tailor tack at all major seam lines so you don't have the lining shifting. Have fun and happy sewing.

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Date: 12/20/12 10:45 AM

I would fit the straps to each bridesmaid. You will be fitting the dresses and it would just take a minute to fit them properly.

To me adjustable straps read lingerie, not formal wear.

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Date: 12/20/12 1:26 PM

Yep, fitted straps all the way! I agree that adjustable says 'underwear'

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Date: 12/21/12 0:56 AM

The adjustable straps tend to loosen with wear while the fitted straps will perform flawlessly. I take it this is for your own wedding. Go with only the finest for your wedding. How exciting! Best wishes and many blessings!

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Date: 12/21/12 2:26 AM

Another option is a waist stay.



Burda Style

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In reply to Slyvchan <<


Date: 12/24/12 11:46 AM

Yes, I agree with everyone else, make them to fit each girl.

One option is to attach the strap in front (or back) then leave a little unsewn gap between the lining and the fashion fabric at the point where the strap will attach to the dress in back (or in front). Then give each bridesmaid two small safety pins, a needle and thread, and let them sew the straps in place.

I made my bridesmaid dresses for my wedding back in 1991. It was a lot of work, but totally worth it in the end. The best advice I can offer is get those dresses done asap so you don't have to worry about them at the last minute. Good luck!!!

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Date: 12/24/12 11:51 AM

The secret to making a strapless dress stay in place no matter what is to bone the sides so it won't collapse, and to fit it very snug in the waist.

Waists are (normally) smaller than hips. So if the dress is fitted snugly at the waist, it won't be able to slide farther down.

The boning holds the dress in shape without a body inside. With enough boning, and a snug enough waist, the top of the dress will stay up (due to boning), with the weight of the bodice resting on the hips.

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Subject: Spaghetti straps fro bridesmaids dresses Date: 12/29/12 1:54 AM

Thanks, everyone! I've decided to go with making straps for each girl, but is it better to go with bias strips or straight-grain strips?

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Date: 12/29/12 5:27 AM

If you're doing spaghetti straps then bias so they can be shaped and stretched into the nice thin tube. Wider straps should be straight grain.

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