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Tips & Techniques > lingerie guards

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Posted on: 6/23/03 8:31 PM
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Here's an easy tip to help keep those bra straps hidden when wearing tanks or sleeveless garments.

Cut a strip of 1/4" wide ribbon (twill tape would do as well) the width of your shoulder seam measurement. Fold over and finish both ends. Secure one side in the armhole at the top of the shoulder. You can easily do this when you finish the edge, whether it's folded over and sewn or bias trimmed. With facings you might want to hand-tack.

On the other end, sew the snap. Then secure the other half of the snap to the shoulder seam allowances near the neckline. Measure first of course, you don't want to make it too short.

That should keep those straps in place. It also helps keep a wide neckline from slipping off your shoulders.

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Kaileesmommy said... (10/24/10 9:52 AM) Reply
Aneri_masi: can you tell me how to make that thread chain? Thanks!
mClones said... (1/24/05 10:34 AM) Reply
Thanks for the very useful and timely tip, Dale. And for the thread version as well, aneri_masi!
aneri_masi said... (1/23/05 5:45 PM) Reply
I have a similar technique for hiding those straps. I have a lot of RTW that need this, and its not always possible to put in the tape, so I use thread instead. Here's a picture: Thread and snap Another one with the strap 'Captured' strap
Blanca said... (10/2/04 10:42 PM) Reply
I can see that my high school sewing teacher was right, it is a great idea! Still going strong.
Diana M said... (7/15/04 0:31 AM) Reply
Ditto to what everyone else has said -- great tip, will try it out tomorrow!
CindyP said... (5/17/04 6:04 AM) Reply
Thank you SO MUCH for the tip! For years I've struggled to keep the left bra strap from slipping down my arm due to scoliosis. I'm so excited to find this tip!
Bobbi said... (12/21/03 10:21 AM) Reply
Great advice!
Gillian said... (7/10/03 2:23 PM) Reply
This is brilliant! It would be great for some RTW items as well.
els said... (6/26/03 9:24 PM) Reply
The advantage of making your own lingerie quards is that you can match the colour of the quards with the garment and not only use the black and white ones which are available in the notion departements
Debspuncturedthumb said... (6/25/03 9:58 AM) Reply
Nice tip Dale, I can't think of too many 'ticky-tacky' things that are as annoying fashionwise. To think all these years I've been doing it with small safety pins!
Penny Carlson said... (6/24/03 2:10 PM) Reply
Thank goodness I'm not the only female left who prefers her bra straps not to show! But seriously, this also helps keep your dress or top situated correctly on your shoulders. Great tip!
 
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