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help for making straps

3boysmom | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hi, I’m new here but I do have a question that maybe someone can help with.  I need to make straps for a formal dress that is satin and chiffon.  Is there an easy way to make 1″ wide straps with these two fabrics?  I hate to do this. 

Any help would be appreciated. 



  1. quixotesmom | | #1

    Fabric needs to be cut on bias. Cut a wider seam than you will want, with right sides together baste, measuring carefully as you go. Machine stitch, press flat, then press open and trim seam. Turn inside out  using a small saftey pin(easy way). Stretch and press. Keep stretching because you don"t want strap to stretch when you wear it. You might want to try small sample to see how much the strap will thin out if keeping it a 2" width.

  2. SAAM | | #2

    I agree with quixotesmom's advice. The one thing I would add is that you may want to use a loop turner for turning the straps right side out; this nifty tool makes that job a breeze.

  3. rekha | | #3

    you may want to stitch a string to the starting end of the strap and lay it in the fold of the fabric.

    The string would naturally be a couple of inches longer than the strap you are going to  make.

    When you have finished sewing the seam, just pull the string and voila you have the right sides out

  4. Teaf5 | | #4

    The other replies are good ideas; here is another possibility:  use trim rather than fabric for the straps. 

    For a prom dress with a subtle rose print, I found a lovely woven rose trim that coordinated perfectly.  I stitched it to clear elastic and attached it like a fabric strap.  It supported the gown, was comfortable, and very beautiful.

  5. dressed2atee | | #5

    I agree with cutting on the bias...I took a couture sewing techniques class with Susan Kahlje and she had us cut the strap on the bias and stretch really hard as we sewed as well as when pressing.  We used the loop turner (Dritz).  It turned out fantastic and you can make the strap really skinny.

  6. Tatsy | | #6

    If you were wearing this dress frequently, I would agree with everything that's been said so far, but for a one-night dress here's a quicker method. Cut the fabric 2 and one-half inches wide, serge the long edges, overlap the serged edges so only one serged edge shows, press flat exactly as it will appear on the prom dress. Choose a coordinating trim that will cover the serged edge (braid, ribbon, sequins, faux pearl strands, etc.) and stitch it down. This will be the right side of the strap.  It's what they call "quick and dirty" but sometimes you have to choose between sanity and perfection.

    1. Teaf5 | | #7

      I agree completely! Even without a serger, I've used a double fold for a strap, topstitching to hold it closed and topstitching along the fold to make it symmetrical and strong.

      Edited 1/25/2008 4:27 pm by Teaf5

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