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Strengthening Spaghetti Straps (Tip/Technique)
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Posted by: GorgeousFabrics
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Posted on: 3/29/03 10:30 AM
When making a spaghetti-strapped dress out of heavy (or even mid-weight) material, I reinforce the straps by drawing drapery cord through the strap tubes. The cording is 1/16" wide, so it adds strength without adding bulk. It also prevents the strap from stretching, which can be a problem if it's cut on the bias from a loosely woven or elasticized material. And it eases my mind about whether there will be any 'embarassing moments' while wearing!

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Mary Ann Morton said...
Yes....I have sometimes used corded elastic too...just gives a comfortable snug fit...
3/29/03 11:58 AM
Cat in Alaska said...
I just reviewed a dress I made for my daughter (Vogue 7365), commenting on how much depended on the strength of the strap on her prom dress. I'll definately take your tip next time if only for MY piece of mind. Thanks!
3/30/03 2:30 AM
Tee Jay said...
My daughter wore a lovely dress to a dance, and yes, the strap broke. It was a spaghetti strap out of a sheer material and no internal support, it broke where it attached to the front of the dress. The store refunded the money for the dress (my DD would never let me make her a dress)
9/14/03 11:02 AM

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