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changing straps

Elaray | Posted in Patterns on

I want to make this top:


It has spaghetti straps that I want to widen. I want it more like a tank top with straps wide enough to cover my bra straps. ( I’m full-figured and I have little confidence in strapless bras.) How can I widen the straps on this top?

Thanks in advance


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  1. mygaley | | #1

    I don't want to be discouraging, but don't see how you can widen the straps enough to cover bra straps.  Bra straps go over the shoulder in a curved shape, narrower in front, wider over the shoulders, and narrower again in the back.  This seems to be the opposite of the top you have selected, which seems to have straps that go squarely from front to back.   I suggest you get a pattern/top that covers your bra as you like it, lay your closed bra rs up on a table, and place that pattern/top over it. To preserve the square look as much as possible, try using a bra with wide-set straps in the front, but stay aware of what they look like in the back.  Then you will know what your top has to look like, which will be a different top entirely.  God bless you, Galey

  2. mem | | #2

    hello, I think that you will need to use a camisole top with a normal scoop neckline and then scoop it out even more in the front sides and back of the neckline .. To get the bra and the top to stay together you may need to use little stay tape loops and press studs to hold them togther at the shoulder seam.

  3. twinscott | | #3

    Hello, I thought that maybe you could make your own bias binding from the same fabric wide enough to cover your bra straps and use it to bind the neckline, then do the straps and armholes all in one starting from the side seam . Good luck

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